Doctors Without Borders workers abducted in Darfur

March 12, 2009 12:55

Five people working for humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders' Belgian office were kidnapped in Sudan's Darfur region, officials said Thursday, a week after the government in Khartoum ordered the expulsion of aid groups as a response to the International Criminal Court's decision to indict the president. A spokesman for Doctors Without Borders' Belgian office, Koen Baetens, confirmed the abductions, but declined to provide further information because of the sensitivity of the situation. Noureddine Mezni, a spokesman for UN peacekeepers in Khartoum, said the kidnappings took place Wednesday in north Darfur, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) west of al-Fasher.

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