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Ethiopian Rebel Group Says It Handed Over Missing UN Workers

June 28, 2011

June 28 (Bloomberg) -- An Ethiopian rebel group, the Ogaden National Liberation Front, released two workers with the United Nations’ World Food Programme who were abducted last month in the Ogaden area of Ethiopia’s Somali region.

They were taken during an ambush on May 13 that killed one worker and injured another. The missing workers were handed over to WFP representatives near the Somalia border yesterday, the ONLF said in an e-mailed statement.

The government and the ONLF, which has been fighting for self-determination of the Ogaden area of the region since 1984, accused each other of carrying out the ambush.

Judith Schuler, the WFP’s spokeswoman in Ethiopia, declined to comment when contacted today and a call to the mobile phone of State Minister of Communications Shimeles Kemal was not answered.

--Editors: Emily Bowers, Heather Langan.

To contact the reporter on this story: William Davison in Addis Ababa via Nairobi at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson in Nairobi at

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