Abducted displaced people in Sudan's Darfur freed

Abducted displaced people in Sudan
# 31 March 2013 01:07 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were abducted last week in Sudan's Darfur region have been released, APA reports quoting Sudanese Media Center (SMC).

"The IDPs who were abducted by rebels in Darfur last week were released today," the SMC said in its mobile news service, but did not give details.

Last week, rebels in the Darfur region kidnapped 31 IDPs, eight women and 23 men, and a number of peacekeepers of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). They were abducted on their way to attend an IDP conference in Nayala, capital of South Darfur State.

Local media later quoted a rebel leader as saying that they were abducted mistakenly.

Saturday's report did not mention whether the peacekeepers were also released.

UNAMID took over the peacekeeping mission in Darfur from the African Union Mission in Sudan on Dec. 31, 2007. But the mission has encountered repeated attacks by unidentified gunmen in the region, which has led to the death of at least 34 peacekeepers and kidnapping of a number of its personnel in the past five years.

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