Armed men abducted a German nurse working for the International Committee of the Red Cross on Wednesday evening from a compound in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.
“We are deeply concerned about the safety of our colleague,” said Daniel O’Malley, ICRC’s deputy Somalia head.
“She is a nurse who was working every day to save lives and improve the health of some of Somalia’s most vulnerable people.”
The Red Cross said the attack happened around 8.00 pm local time (1700 GMT) when unidentified armed men entered its compound in Mogadishu, adding it is “in contact with various authorities to try and secure her release”.
People working for the Red Cross in Somalia said the gunmen appeared to have evaded the compound’s security guards and snuck the nurse out through a back entrance and into a waiting vehicle.
A government security officer said investigations were underway. “We have received information indicating a female western staff member was kidnapped from the ICRC office in Mogadishu,” said Abdirahman Mohamed.