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Snatched on a desert road

<p>A man walks on the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott, where three Spanish aid workers were abducted from, December 3, 2009. Three Spanish aid workers were kidnapped in Mauritania, officials said of an attack that will heighten security fears in the West African desert republic where al Qaeda-linked gunmen operate. The three were abducted as they travelled in a convoy through the Saharan state, a Spanish Foreign Ministry spokesman in Madrid said. Mauritanian security sources said the attack took place on the road between the capital Nouakchott and the coastal trading city of Nouadhibou. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante    </p>

A man walks on the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott, where three Spanish aid workers were abducted from, December 3, 2009. Three Spanish aid workers were kidnapped in Mauritania, officials said of an attack that will heighten security fears in...more

A man walks on the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott, where three Spanish aid workers were abducted from, December 3, 2009. Three Spanish aid workers were kidnapped in Mauritania, officials said of an attack that will heighten security fears in the West African desert republic where al Qaeda-linked gunmen operate. The three were abducted as they travelled in a convoy through the Saharan state, a Spanish Foreign Ministry spokesman in Madrid said. Mauritanian security sources said the attack took place on the road between the capital Nouakchott and the coastal trading city of Nouadhibou. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>A vehicle drives along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009.  REUTERS/Rafael Marchante    </p>

A vehicle drives along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A vehicle drives along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>A man looks inside an overturned truck after an accident along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante    </p>

A man looks inside an overturned truck after an accident along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A man looks inside an overturned truck after an accident along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>A vehicle driving along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott is seen through the broken windscreen of REUTERS/Rafael Marchante  </p>

A vehicle driving along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott is seen through the broken windscreen of REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A vehicle driving along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott is seen through the broken windscreen of REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>The carcass of a dromedary lies along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott, where three Spanish aid workers were abducted from, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante</p>

The carcass of a dromedary lies along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott, where three Spanish aid workers were abducted from, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

The carcass of a dromedary lies along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott, where three Spanish aid workers were abducted from, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>A man inspects an overturned truck after an accident along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante  </p>

A man inspects an overturned truck after an accident along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A man inspects an overturned truck after an accident along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>A vehicle drives along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009.  REUTERS/Rafael Marchante    </p>

A vehicle drives along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A vehicle drives along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>The carcass of a goat lies along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott, where three Spanish aid workers were abducted from, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante  </p>

The carcass of a goat lies along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott, where three Spanish aid workers were abducted from, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

The carcass of a goat lies along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott, where three Spanish aid workers were abducted from, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>A vehicle drives past the spot where a kidnap of three Spanish aid workers took place, along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante    </p>

A vehicle drives past the spot where a kidnap of three Spanish aid workers took place, along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A vehicle drives past the spot where a kidnap of three Spanish aid workers took place, along the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>Members of the Mauritanian military wait to escort Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante </p>

Members of the Mauritanian military wait to escort Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Members of the Mauritanian military wait to escort Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>Members of Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria clean their trucks before being escorted by Mauritanian military on their way to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009.  REUTERS/Rafael Marchante  </p>

Members of Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria clean their trucks before being escorted by Mauritanian military on their way to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Members of Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria clean their trucks before being escorted by Mauritanian military on their way to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>Members of the Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria hug before the start of their caravan to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante  </p>

Members of the Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria hug before the start of their caravan to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Members of the Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria hug before the start of their caravan to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria is escorted by Mauritanian military on their way to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante</p>

Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria is escorted by Mauritanian military on their way to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria is escorted by Mauritanian military on their way to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria is escorted by Mauritanian military on their way to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante </p>

Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria is escorted by Mauritanian military on their way to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Spanish humanitarian organisation Barcelona Accio Solidaria is escorted by Mauritanian military on their way to Senegal border, near Nouachott December 2, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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<p>A general view shows the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott, where three Spanish aid workers were abducted from, December 3, 2009.  REUTERS/Rafael Marchante    </p>

A general view shows the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott, where three Spanish aid workers were abducted from, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A general view shows the road between Nouahibou and Nouakchott, where three Spanish aid workers were abducted from, December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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