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Sudan Detains Two UN Workers in South Sudan After Abduction

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April 26 (Bloomberg) -- Two members of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan are being held in neighboring Sudan after they were abducted two months ago, said Josephine Guerreo, a UN spokeswoman.

The UN workers were abducted on Feb. 24 while posted to a base in Gok Machar in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr Al Ghazel state, which borders Sudan’s South Darfur state, Guerrero said late yesterday in an e-mailed response to questions from Juba, South Sudan’s capital. The mission is only allowed to operate in South Sudan.

“Efforts are being made to secure their release, and we have been able to contact them,” Guerrero said. She said she couldn’t provide further details about who abducted the peacekeepers, how they ended up in custody in Sudan or why they have not been released.

The head of Darfur’s transitional regional authority, al-Tijani al-Sissi, and Sudanese police spokesman al-Ser Ahmed Omar didn’t answer calls seeking comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jared Ferrie in Juba, South Sudan at jferrie1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net

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