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Two UNAMID staff released by Darfur hostage takers


December 13, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – Kidnappers in Darfur today released two civilian employees of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission. The Nigerian man and Zimbabwean woman had been held since August 2009.

This development comes after the UN Secretary-General phoned President Omar Al-Bashir this month.

The official Sudan News Agency said that the hostages were released at the UN-African Union (UNAMID) base in Zalingei town in the presence of the Commissioner of the locality, Yahia Ali Hussein, along with a number of security officials of North and West Darfur States.

Brig. Ahmed Al-Tayeb Abu-Guroun, Director of the Office of Security and Intelligence, said the release was made possible through coordination between the government and UNAMID.

Celebratory remarks came from UNAMID Spokesperson Noureddine Al-Mezni and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

Ban said that he is "deeply gratified to learn that two civilian staff members from the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), who were abducted at gunpoint from their accommodation in West Darfur, Sudan, on 29 August, are now free and in the care of UNAMID."

The pair will leave Darfur for their home their countries.


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  • 14 December 2009 09:14, by David_N


    Should investigate the motives of the kidnappers and the rinks towards terrorizations towards UNAMID and ofcourse with KHARTOUM.

    • 14 December 2009 12:21, by Truth Defender

      Omar Bashir is the leader of Al Quaeda Sudan branch. He is encouraging kidnapping even suicide bombing in Darfur. The only good is that Arabs are killing Darfurians. These Darfurians massacred South Sudanese the 21 years of war, it is now their turn, let die.

      Truth Defender

      South Sudanese

  • 14 December 2009 12:23, by Truth Defender

    Bulshit Ya Omar, stop joking, your days are numbered. ocampo is here to hang you like Saddam Hussein.

    • 15 December 2009 01:47, by David_N

      This guy above is a wrong place in it to debate over the politics, and without any knowledge over the North Africa and Middle Eastern Country, even you don’t know anything about IRAQi peoples, <<"Get Out!".>>

  • 14 December 2009 22:19, by Lodokasoro

    thanx to that but it shouldn,t be again

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