Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ACROSS AFRICA

Congolese king of rumba Papa Wemba is buried in Kinshasa

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Kenya announces plan to stop hosting Somali refugees

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's Tacky Taco Tweet

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump trumps GOP rivals, French labour law debated in parliament (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Erdogan continues journalist crackdown, Sadiq Khan elected London Mayor (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Palestinian ‘knife intifada’ reflects a generation's despair

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

The secrets of a pipe maker in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

Philippines: Son of late dictator Marcos leads opinion polls

Read more

#TECH 24

Money from heaven

Read more

Africa

Two advisers to joint UN-African Union peace force kidnapped in Darfur

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-08-15

Two police advisers working with the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan's region of Darfur were kidnapped by gunmen on Saturday, the UN said in a statement. The two officers were seized in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state.

AFP - The two police advisers deployed with the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force (UNAMID) who were kidnapped in Sudan's Darfur region are both Jordanians, the government spokesman said on Sunday.

The two officers were seized on Saturday in Nyala, capital of South Darfur state, UNAMID had said in an earlier statement, without giving the nationalities of the two men.

"Two (Jordanian) general security officers who are participating in the UN mission in Darfur were abducted by armed men at 7:00 am on Saturday," said Jordanian government spokesman Ali Ayed, quoted by the Petra news agency.

UNAMID had said the two officers were abducted by three gunmen in a 4x4 vehicle Saturday as they were walking towards a transport dispatch point.

It was the third time since August 2009 that UNAMID has been the target of an abduction in the volatile region of Darfur.

In April four South African peacekeepers were abducted in Darfur, and two other members of UNAMID were seized in August last year. All of them were freed unharmed.

Darfur has been gripped by civil war since 2003 that has left 300,000 people dead and 2.7 million displaced, according to the United Nations. Khartoum says 10,000 have been killed in the conflict.

The vast western Sudanese region has seen a wave of kidnappings of foreign aid workers since March 2009 when the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accusing him of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

Saturday's kidnappings bring the number of foreigners seized there since March 2009 to 19, including 10 Westerners.

All were subsequently released except an American aid worker with the Samaritan's Purse group who was abducted in May. She is still being held by her kidnappers who have demanded a ransom before she is freed.

Date created : 2010-08-14

  • SUDAN

    Government clamps down on UN, African Union peacekeepers

    Read more

  • SUDAN

    Bashir expels top relief officials from Darfur

    Read more

  • DARFUR

    Sudanese President Bashir faces fresh genocide charges

    Read more

COMMENT(S)