Alleged kidnappers arrested in Algeria

Oct. 31, 2011 at 1:43 PM

ROME, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Four people with suspected links to al-Qaida were arrested in Algeria for their alleged roles in the kidnapping of three European aid workers, officials said.

Rossella Urru of Sardinia and colleagues Ainhoa Fernandez Rincon and Enrico Gonyans of Spain were abducted Oct. 32 from a refugee camp in southwestern Algeria, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Monday

The suspects were captured Sunday by Algerian secret service police, the state-run Algerian newspaper el-Khabar said.

Spanish Defense Minister Carme Chacon appealed for the release of the three captives.

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