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Chinese oil engineers kidnapped in Sudan freed - Xinhua agency

Published on May 3, 2014 12:51 AM

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - Two Chinese engineers kidnapped in Sudan more than a year ago have been released, the official Xinhua media service said on Friday, citing a source at the Chinese embassy in Khartoum.

The engineers had been held by the Darfur Justice and Equality Movement, an armed group opposed to the Sudanese central government. "The two Chinese engineers were released due to efforts made by the Sudanese government and the Chinese embassy in Khartoum," Xinhua quoted the unnamed source as saying.

The Darfur group attacked the Kunar oil field, operated by the Sudanese Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company in the West Kordofan State, in April 2013, abducting three engineers, two of them Chinese and one Sudanese.

Chinese workers in Sudan have been repeatedly abducted by Sudanese resistance groups, embarrassing the Khartoum government, which has been engaged in a long-running struggle with ethnically and religiously distinct tribes in the southern and western parts of the country.

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