Argentina’s government expressed hope Thursday that an Argentine nurse who was kidnapped in Somalia this week will be released as early as Friday.

2 somalia aid workers kidnapped

Doctor from Spain

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Argentina’s government expressed hope Thursday that an Argentine nurse who was kidnapped in Somalia this week will be released as early as Friday.

“There is an atmosphere of positive hope,” Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana told reporters. “We think that tomorrow (Friday) morning there could be a positive solution for this matter, which worries us and which we are following very closely.”

“There is information that Pilar Bauza is alive and well. We hope for a positive solution tomorrow morning, but we must be cautious.”

Bauza, 25, and a fellow member of the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Spanish doctor Mercedes Garcia, were kidnapped on Wednesday in Somalia’s northern breakaway region of Puntland.

Police continued search operations for the two aid workers on Thursday in a mountainous area where the kidnappers are hiding, Puntland Trade Minister Abdishamad Yusuf Abwan told AFP.

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