August 22, 2006

Italian tourists kidnapped on Niger-Chad border

ROME (Reuters) - Twenty-one Italian tourists have been
kidnapped on the border between Niger and Chad, the Italian
foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

"A group of tourists, including 21 of Italian nationality,
was attacked in the late afternoon yesterday (Monday) by a
group of outlaws in the desert area of south-east Niger, near
the border with Chad," the ministry said in a statement.