Gunmen kidnap two UNAMID workers in Darfur

Sudan, Aug 29, 2009 (AFP) - Two local staff members of the UNAMID joint UN-African Union peacekeeping forces in Darfur were kidnapped by gunmen early on Saturday, the spokesman for the UN mission told AFP.

"This morning at 4:30 (0130 GMT), armed men attacked the UNAMID staff residence in Zalingei, Darfur, and abducted two civilian members of the staff, a man and a woman," said the spokesman, Noureddin Mezni.

The kidnappings mark the first abductions of UNAMID staff members, Mezni said, without providing details on their nationalities or identities.

He added however that contact had been made with the abductors to determine their demands.

Source: AFP

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