Bukavu – Three Congolese employees of the US aid organisation International Medical Corps (IMC) are among four men who have been kidnapped in troubled eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the non-profit and an official said on Thursday.
The abduction happened on Tuesday in Fizi, in South Kivu province, when “unidentified armed men” stopped the vehicle in which the four were travelling, district administrator Jean de Dieu Selemani said.
Three of those kidnapped worked for the IMC and the fourth was a nurse working for a clinic in Mulima, he said.
The IMC confirmed that three of its employees with Congolese nationality had been kidnapped, but declined to give further details.
“The safety and security of our staff are our prime concern,” it said in an email to AFP.
South Kivu, North Kivu and Ituri provinces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are infested with armed groups, many of them a legacy of the 1996-7 and 1998-2003 Congo Wars, and kidnappings in the Fizi area are common.
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