Dagestan: Medecins Sans Frontieres leader kidnapped

Arian Erkel, the Dutch head of the Medecins Sans Frontieres mission in Dagestan, which shares a common border with Chechnya, was kidnapped late on Monday night by a group which seized him in the capital Majachkala and made their getaway in a car.

Interior Ministry officials in Dagestan stated that no ransom request has yet been made.

Kidnapping is a centuries-old practice in the Caucasus, one used systematically by the Chechen terrorists. It is known that these terrorists have links with Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network.


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