Sudan Says Military Frees 14 Chinese Workers

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Sudanese state media say the military has freed 14 Chinese workers who were abducted by rebels Saturday in southern Sudan.

The report Monday quotes the governor of Sudan's South Kordofan state saying the workers are in good health. South Kordofan borders newly independent South Sudan, which broke away in July.

A spokesman for the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North said a total of 29 Chinese workers were taken Saturday after a battle with Sudanese troops, and were being held for their own protection.

The group is a branch of the rebels who fought for the South during Sudan's long north-south civil war.

Fighting broke out last year between Sudan and rebels in South Kordofan and in another border state – Blue Nile.

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has accused South Sudan of supporting the rebels, a charge South Sudan denies.