Ethiopia says foils Somali rebel plot to kidnap U.N. workers
By Aaron Maasho
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s intelligence agency said on Monday it had detained eight members of Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist militant group who it accused of plotting to kidnap U.N. workers.
The arrests were the latest in a crackdown on people accused of having links to militants in neighboring Somalia, where Ethiopia has deployed troops to support Mogadishu’s battle with al Shabaab and its six-year insurgency.
The would-be kidnappers sought to abduct foreign employees of the U.N. World Food Programme and United Nations Development Programme from Ethiopia and take them to Somalia to demand a ransom, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) said.
“The eight were caught red-handed with arms as they plotted to carry out the kidnappings,” NISS said in a statement.
The agency did not mention when the suspects were caught or where the alleged plot was meant to have taken place. Read More