‘Three UN workers kidnapped in Darfur’
Armed men have abducted three UN refugee agency staffers, including two foreigners, from Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, a local government official said on Monday.
Two Nepalese and a Sudanese national working for UNHCR were abducted Sunday in Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state. “A group of armed men kidnapped yesterday three UNHCR workers, two Nepalese and a Sudanese, from Geneina,” said Abdelah Mustafa, spokesman for the state government of West Darfur. He added: “Police are searching for the kidnappers.”
UNHCR officials were not immediately available for comment, but its spokesman in Khartoum said by text message that a meeting was underway to discuss the “urgent incident”.
Darfur has been engulfed in a deadly conflict since 2003 when ethnic minority groups took up arms against President Omar al-Bashir’s Arab-dominated government, which launched a brutal counter-insurgency. At least 300,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced in Darfur since then, the UN says. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes and genocide charges related to Darfur, which he denies.