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Africa Horn
Four Chinese Abducted in Sudan's Darfur Freed
[An Nahar] Four Chinese workers kidnapped by Darfur rebels on January 12 have been freed, a spokeswoman for the joint U.N.-African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
peace keeping force in the troubled western Sudan region said Wednesday.

"The four kidnapped Chinese workers were released and delivered to the headquarters of the UNAMID mission in the South Darfur region of Khour Abchi," spokeswoman Aicha Elbasri told Agence La Belle France Presse.

The Chinese embassy in Khartoum confirmed their release, saying it had asked Chinese nationals and companies in Sudan "to strictly comply with security measures and avoid going to unstable and dangerous regions."

The Chinese nationals along with five Sudanese workers were kidnapped by gunnies on January 12 as they were busy with road construction in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region.

The attackers kidnapped the men and seized their vehicles as they were finishing their work for the day. The fate of Sudanese hostages is unknown.

Recent years have seen a wave of kidnappings for ransom in Darfur, where ethnic rebels a decade ago launched an uprising against the Arab-dominated Khartoum government.
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