Kidnapped American aid worker freed in Darfur

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan's Foreign Ministry says a US aid worker kidnapped four months ago has been freed by police.

Ministry spokesman Muawiya Khaled told the Associated Press Monday that a woman working with the North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse organization was freed by police in South Sudan province and will be back in the capital Khartoum soon.

A 36-year-old Californian woman and two Sudanese working for an aid organization run by evangelist Franklin Graham were kidnapped by armed men in May.

Samaritan's Purse says it has provided $83.7 million in assistance to Sudan over the past decade.

Violence had largely subsided in Darfur over the last year, but a recent spike followed the April elections, including a number of kidnappings.

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