Gunmen kidnapped an American and nine other aid workers in the Somali capital of Mogadishu Wednesday, the international Red Cross said.
The 10 were abducted by unidentified gunmen when their aircraft landed in north Mogadishu, spokesman Gosue Anselmo said."We are trying our best to sort out the crisis," he said.
Anselmo said he had no information about the whereabouts of the aid workers. But a diplomat following the situation said the hostages had been seen on a road in the Mogadishu area three hours after the kidnapping.
The unidentified Red Cross workers were coming to help with the organization's aid program in Somalia, which includes hospital and water supply projects. They included two pilots on the Red Cross plane, which came from Nairobi.
The Norwegian Red Cross identified the kidnapped American as Ibrahim Ahmad, who was of Somali origin and worked for about a year as an orthopedic engineer. He was contracted to work for the Norwegian Red Cross.
In addition to the American, the other workers included a South African, a Kenyan, a German, a Belgian, a French, two Swiss, a Norwegian and a Somali.
Somalia has had no central government since the 1991 civil war.