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Latest update : 2009-04-06

A Canadian and Frenchman working for Aide Medicale Internationale were kidnapped in the Darfur region of Sudan, the French humanitarian group said.

AFP - Gunmen in Sudan's Darfur kidnapped two aid workers from a French humanitarian group, the group said on Sunday, as a senior official in Khartoum said one was Canadian and the other a French national.
   
"There is one French and one Canadian," senior foreign ministry official Ali Yussif told AFP. "The government is doing its best to free them."
   
The Sudanese Media Centre, which is close to Sudan's intelligence services, said the kidnappers were demanding a ransom, a report which the official would  not confirm.
   
The two international hires of Aide Medicale Internationale (AMI) were abducted at Ed el-Fursan in southern Darfur overnight, the group said earlier on Sunday.
   
Two Sudanese staff were also kidnapped and later released, a source in Khartoum said.
   
The workers were snatched on Saturday night from the group's offices south of South Darfur's capital Nyala and around 100 kilometres (65 miles) from the border with Chad, the source said, requesting anonymity.

Date created : 2009-04-05

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