Two aid workers with German group kidnapped in Darfur: UN

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Unknown gunmen overnight swooped on the offices of German aid group THW in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region and abducted a German and a Dutch national, a United Nations official said on Wednesday.

The raid late Tuesday took place in Nyala, capital of South Darfur state, the official of the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) told AFP.

"They were kidnapped on Tuesday evening from their office in Nyala by armed men in civilian clothes," said UNAMID communication chief Kemal Saiki.

Saiki identified the two abducted aid workers as a German and Dutch national. The kidnappers briefly held a Sudanese employee before they released him.

The kidnappers, who were not identified, headed in the direction of Kass, a city north of Nyala, he said.

Darfur has seen a wave of kidnappings targeting foreign aid workers since an international court issued an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Beshir on charges of war crimes in Darfur in March 2009.

Most of them have been released unharmed. An American female aid worker kidnapped in May is still being held hostage by kidnappers.

© 2010 AFP

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