warlord admitted on Thursday that militiamen loyal to him
had abducted a British man and a French woman, both aid workers,
but said that the kidnappers acted without his approval.
Hassan Ali "Atto" said that the gunmen, who seized the two
employees of the French charity Action Against Hunger (ACF)
on Wednesday, also used his vehicles.
communique said the the kidnappers ransacked the agency's
office and looted equipment, before taking French administrator
Francoise Deutsch, 46, and British logistician Jonathan Ward,
were on Wedneday night visited by an official of the Somali
Red Crescent Society who said that they were in good health.
and militias from other sub-clans in Mogadishu attacked and
kidnapped the aid workers at the ACF compound without my knowledge.
I gave no orders to do so," said Atto.
his United Somali Congress/Somali National Alliance faction
had appointed a committee to investigate the kidnapping.
try my best to secure the unconditional release of the aid
workers kept in my fiefdom," Atto pledged. Atto controls a
part of south Mogadishu.