AWSA’s statement on the kidnapping in the camps

24 October 2011

The Australia Western Sahara Association today condemned the terrorist
attack on the Saharawi refugee camps that resulted in international aid
workers being injured and kidnapped.

AWSA expresses its deepest sympathy for victims and their families and
solidarity with the Saharawi people.

Three European aid workers, two Spanish citizens and one an Italian, working in the Saharawi refugee camps, were kidnapped on Saturday night by terrorists.

We hope to see these hostages released immediately and a proper investigation so justice can be done and the motivation behind the attack

The victims are Mr. Fernandez Coin Aino of Spanish nationality, member of the Association of Friendship with the Saharawi people in Extremadura
(Spain), Enrico Gonyalons, a Spanish citizen and member of the Spanish NGO Mundubat and Rossella Urru from Italy, member of the Italian NGO CCISPP.

The kidnappers who infiltrated from the neighbouring territories of Mali,
attacked the guest house where foreign aid workers stay near the Saharawi refugee camps, using a four wheel vehicle and firearms. This is the first terrorist attack on the camp in 36 years.

Spanish hostage, Enric Gonyalons and a Saharawi security guard were injured in an exchange of fire.

Lyn Allison
President of AWSA
[email protected]

Associated Press story and CODESA reaction – see full text below.