Two aid workers missing in Chad after robbery

Aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said two of its workers in Chad were missing after a robbery at its compound by the border with Sudan’s Darfur region.
MSF’s Dutch arm said it could not account for the whereabouts of one international and one local worker after the attack by unknown assailants earlier this week, which follows a spate of kidnappings in the Darfur region this year, Reuters reports.
“We have no knowledge of their whereabouts,” MSF spokesperson Rolinda Montsma said.
“We have contacted our staff and the family of those involved and are working with local authorities,” she said, adding that she could not provide any further details about the workers’ identity, nor where the incident took place.
A Chad government spokesperson could not confirm the incident. A local source in Chad said the attack on the compound took place in the town of Ade on Chad’s eastern border with Sudan.
Kidnappers of two workers for Irish aid group GOAL in Darfur last month demanded $2 million (R16 million) for their release but the government has said it is determined not to pay.
Two other groups of aid workers kidnapped in the region earlier this year have been released unharmed after negotiations.