Gunmen hold 2 Red Cross staff in Darfur
27 August 2013, 14:51
Khartoum - Gunmen in Sudan's troubled Darfur region were
holding two employees of the Red Cross on Tuesday but six others have been
freed, a spokesperson for the organisation said.
"Two of the colleagues, along with two of their trucks,
have still not been released," Rafiullah Qureshi, spokesperson for the
International Committee of the Red Cross in Sudan, told AFP.
He said a team of eight Sudanese ICRC staff were detained by
"unknown gunmen" on Monday as they travelled between Nertiti and
Zalingei in Central Darfur state.
"Six of the team members have been released,"
Qureshi said. "They are all fine."
The staff were returning from a mission to provide first aid
training, repair hand pumps and offer other assistance, he said.
In addition to aid work the ICRC, as a neutral intermediary,
has facilitated the handover and repatriation of numerous prisoners held by
groups in Darfur.
Rebels fighting for a decade against the government in
Sudan's far-west have detained soldiers and others.
Government-linked militia and paramilitary groups are also
suspected to have carried out many kidnappings, carjackings and other crimes in
Analysts say Sudan's crisis-hit regime now has less money
for militias it deployed against the insurgency, and the militias are acting
outside government control.