Islamic communities condemn kidnapping of Catalan aid workers

Several Spanish Muslim communities have made public their condemnation of the recent abduction of three Catalans in Mauritania. The three aid workers were part of Barcelona Acción Solidaria, Albert Vilalta, Roque Pascual and Alicia Gomez, were kidnapped on Sunday 29th November in Mauritania. The abduction has been claimed by al Qaida. The Muslim communities of Murcia and Catalonia have expressed their condemnation of this action with two press releases.

Al-Qaida kidnaps Spanish aid workers

Al-Qaida has taken responsibility for the November kidnapping of a Frenchman and three Spaniards working for the Catalan organization Barcelona-Acciò Solidaria.

They were seized in Mali and Mauritania by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an offshoot of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida. Claiming responsibility for the action via a video-tape, a spokesman announced that France and Spain will be informed of their demands for hostage release.

Later reports indicate that AQIM has made assurances that the hostages remain in good health and will be treated according to Islamic law.