Mar 13, 2009

Aid workers kidnapped in Darfur



Three foreign staff of the Belgian branch of Medecins Sans Frontieres have been kidnapped in Sudan's Darfur region.

The trio, a Canadian nurse, an Italian doctor and a French coordinator, were seized from their office at Saraf Umra in North Darfur on Wednesday night.

Two Sudanese staff, taken at the same time, were later released unharmed.

The kidnapping comes as tension escalates in Sudan following the war crimes indictment against President Omar al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court.

Sudan responded by ordering the explusion of 13 aid groups, including MSF's French and Dutch chapters.

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