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Families want hostages released

27 February 2014, 12:17 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Two families of the Kenyan engineers who were abducted by suspected members of Al Shabaab in Mogadishu are appealing to the Kenyan government to intervene and negotiate with the group for their release.

Multiple sources from Somali piracy circles say that the hostages were kidnapped in January in Hodan District near Trabuun Stadium.

Speaking to the press, the Seafearers Union of Kenya chair, Andrew Mwangura said consultations with the families of the two engineers who reside in Ongata Rongai town in Kajiado county have began.

Mwangura said the government is working hard to make sure the two are rescued and brought back to the country.

The hostages, aged 34 and 38, are currently under captive in Harardhere district, Galgaduud region which is 700 kilometers North of Mogadishu city.

The gunmen, believed to be Somali pirates, are demanding a ransom of KES 86 million to free them. According to family reports, the two are cousins and are married with children.

Mwangura added that the hostages were working for a construction company known as African Construction Company in Mogadishu before they were abducted.

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