UN chemical weapons inspectors 'kidnapped' in Syria
Published 27/05/2014 | 11:31
Six members of a UN team who are investigation alleged gas attacks in Syria are reported to have been abducted along with their local drivers.
According to reports by local media, the team were captured while trying to reach a village in the Hama province. A bomb is said to have exploded near one of the vehicles in their convoy.
The capture was confirmed by government officials, who blamed the kidnapping on opposition fighters.
"(Syria) confirms that terrorist groups are attempting to undermine the work of the fact-finding mission and are committing terrorist crimes against employees of the United Nations and OPCW," the foreign ministry said. The inspectors are from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,