Jordanian UN peacekeepers released, four months after Sudan kidnapping
Hassan Mazawdeh and Qasem Sarhan walk past UN comrades upon their arrival in Khartoum following their release from captivity on Wednesday. (AFP PHOTO/EBRAHIM HAMID)
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Two Jordanian UN peacekeepers have been released after being kidnapped nearly four months ago in the Darfur region of Sudan, the BBC reported on Wednesday.
Although no one has yet come forward to claim responsibility for the abductions, the joint UN-African Mission, confirmed that the hostages were unharmed and on their way to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
Hassan Mazawdeh and Qasem Sarhan were abducted while on their way to collect supplies from a market near Kabkabiya in August this year.
Attacks on UN peacekeepers in the region are not uncommon but a Unamid spokesperson told AFP that this one was the longest in their history in Sudan.
Unamid troops have been stationed in Darfur since 2007. There are now more than 16,000 of the peacekeepers in the region.