August 14, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Two African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) peacekeepers were kidnapped in Nyala, the capital of southern Darfur on Saturday, said the hybrid mission
Two Jordanian police advisors “who had been walking to a UNAMID transport dispatch point, were 100 meters from their residence in the city’s Almatar area when they were blocked by three individuals in a 4 x 4 vehicle,” said a statement released today.
Sudanese authorities and UNAMID are investigating the incident.
Although the conflict began in 2003, the abduction of foreigners only began since Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was indicted for war crimes in March 2009, for his government’s response to the insurgency.
The People’s Democratic Struggle Movement (PDSM), a breakaway faction form the former rebel SLM-Free Will, kidnapped four peacekeepers from South Africa last April but released them after settling a difference with the Sudanese government.
In May a female charity worker was kidnapped also in Nyala. She has still not been released.
Darfur’s rebel groups claim that the western region has been marginalized by successive governments.
The government has said that 10,000 people have died in the conflict. The United Nations puts the figure at around 300,000.