Abducted Jordanian officers freed in Darfur


Two Jordanian police officers serving with a UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s Darfur region have been freed after being kidnapped said a Sudan foreign ministry spokesman.

“With the effort of the concerned agencies and by communication with tribal leaders … we have been able to release the two Jordanians safely. They are now in their base,” the spokesman Moawia Osman said.

More than 17 foreign aid workers and UNAMID peacekeepers have been kidnapped in Darfur since March last year, as well as at least five foreigners seized close to Darfur’s border in neighbouring Chad and Central African Republic. Most have been freed, reports Reuters.

Abductions of foreign workers in the violent west of Sudan began in March 2009 after after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes in Darfur.