Sudanese rebels say they will free Chinese workers 'soon'

KHARTOUM - Sudanese rebels said on Monday they will "soon" release 29 Chinese workers held in the border state of South Kordofan where the army has been fighting insurgents for months.
Rebels from the SPLM-North had kidnapped the Chinese construction workers last month in oil-producing South Kordofan which borders newly-independent South Sudan.
"The Chinese workers will be released soon and talks between the SPLM-North and the Chinese government continue," said rebel spokesman Arnu Ngutulu Lodi.
He said air strikes by the Sudanese army were obstructing the release, adding that the SPLM-North now awaited an agreement between Sudan and China to arrange the handover.
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