Kidnapped Oxfam worker found in Chad: source

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A Western aid worker kidnapped this month in Chad was found in good condition on Tuesday near the central African country's border with Sudan, a high-ranking Chadian intelligence source said.

The aid worker's release could not immediately be confirmed with the government or his NGO, Oxfam.

"The Oxfam employee was found in good health today by security and defence force members 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Chad-Sudan border, in the Guereda region," the source said on condition of anonymity.

According to the source, the worker for the British NGO was being transported toward the capital and would likely arrive there on Wednesday. The source did not provide details on how the aid worker was freed.

Armed men seized the aid worker in Abeche in eastern Chad on June 6.

The worker was with a Congolese colleague and a Chadian driver who were earlier released about 70 kilometres (45 miles) east of Abeche.

© 2010 AFP

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