Three employees of Save the Children were kidnapped Wednesday by unidentified armed men in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the charity.
The three Congolese men were in a convoy of two vehicles driving through the Lubero region when one of the cars was stopped and attacked by the gang. They were subsequently taken into the bush by their attackers, according to Save the Children’s DRC director Heather Kerr.
Their whereabouts remain unknown as do their kidnappers’ demands, she added. In March 2015 two local employees of the charity were held hostage for 48 hours by unidentified kidnappers in the south of the country’s Nord-Kivu province until they were freed by Congolese authorities.
The country’s east has been plagued by two decades of instability caused by armed groups battling for control of the region’s vast mineral wealth alongside ongoing ethnic and political violence.