Mauritania: Spanish hostages not freed - Moroccan official
"This information is pure speculation," the official source told AFP, rejecting comments from a Moroccan security source that the hostages had been abandoned by their kidnappers in the Aguouimite region, a buffer zone located between northern Mauritania and southern Western Sahara.
The three Spanish volunteers, two men and a women, were travelling in a convoy delivering humanitarian aid to west Africa when they were kidnapped on Sunday.
They have been named as Albert Vilalta, 35, Alicia Gamez, 35, and Roque Pascual, 50.
Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba has said Al-Qaeda's north African branch, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), was likely behind the abductions.
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