Sudan: Rebels Free UN Aid Workers

KHARTOUM, Sudan (1 February 2015) – Six aid workers kidnapped by Sudan rebels in South Kordofan region of the country have been released by their captors.

Spokesperson of Sudan’s Foreign Ministry, Betina Zhoteva announced on Sunday.

“They are in good health and are in a safe place with a team of the United Nations Food Programme,” She said.

The aid workers, all Bulgarians, were kidnapped by Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) on Jan 26, when their helicopter landed in the region on emergency.

Spokesperson of the rebel group, Mubarak Ardol said the six kidnapped persons were transferred from the rebel-held territories in Sudan to Yida refugee camp in South Sudan, where they were handed over to the United Nations.

Fight between Khartoum government and SPLM-N rebels increased in the region about two months ago when peace talks failed.

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