A Mauritanian official says the three Spanish aid workers kidnapped in the West African desert nation of Mauritania are being taken to neighboring Mali.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media on the subject, says the hostages are headed to a camp run by al-Qaida of the Islamic Maghreb.
The three Spanish aid workers, who work for a group called Barcelona Accion Solidaria, were abducted Sunday.
Spanish officials have said they fear the hostages were taken by al-Qaida of the Islamic Maghreb.
The group operates mainly in Algeria but is suspected of crossing the country’s porous desert borders to spread violence in the rest of northwestern Africa.