Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Seven African countries' economies at risk over Brexit decision

Read more

THE DEBATE

Britain votes out: What next?

Read more

#TECH 24

The 'fintech' revolution

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

A certified 'palace': How hotels strive for excellence

Read more

#THE 51%

In her own image: Women in Art

Read more

REPORTERS

World War I: When northern France was on German time

Read more

REVISITED

Video: Ugandan city still scarred by Lord's Resistance Army atrocities

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

#Brexit sparks a storm on social media

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Markets, pound plunge on Brexit vote

Read more

Africa

Three aid workers freed by 'bandits'

Video by Eve JACKSON

Latest update : 2009-03-14

Three employees of NGO Doctors Without Borders and a Sudanese staffer were released on Friday after their abduction in the Sudanese region of Darfur on March 11. It was previously thought that two Sudanese employees had already been freed.

AFP - Three foreign aid workers held hostage in war-torn Darfur after being kidnapped at gunpoint are free, Italy's foreign ministry said late Friday in a statement carried by ANSA news agency.
   
Earlier Friday, Medecins Sans Frontieres spokesman Koen Baetens had said the trio were in good health, adding that a Sudanese staffer was also being held with them -- contrary to previous information.
   
The Canadian nurse, an Italian doctor and a French administrator working with the Belgian branch of MSF were kidnapped at gunpoint on Wednesday in Saraf Umra in north Darfur.
   
Two Sudanese staffers captured with them were initially thought to have been released.
   
"There is a fourth who has been abducted. The information that two were freed is not correct," Baetens said. "One Sudanese national who was kidnapped was not released, so we are talking about four staff."
   
Sudanese authorities had already identified where the group were being held, blaming "bandits" for their kidnapping on Wednesday.
   
The kidnapping came a week after Sudan expelled the 13 foreign aid agencies after the International Criminal Court ordered President Omar al-Beshir's arrest for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.
   
 

Date created : 2009-03-13

COMMENT(S)