February 7th, 2012
08:28 AM ET

Kidnapped Chinese workers released in Sudan

More than two dozen Chinese construction workers abducted in Sudan have been released, China's official Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday.

The 29 workers flew out of Sudan aboard a Red Cross plane bound for Nairobi, Kenya, Xinhua reported, citing an unnamed source with the International Committee of the Red Cross. They were to be turned over to Chinese officials there, Xinhua said.

Rebels abducted the workers January 28 from a camp run by China's Power Construction Corp. in volatile South Kordofan. Eighteen other workers in the camp escaped the raid, which the Sudanese military blamed on the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North - a rebel force in the border region with neighboring South Sudan.

One worker died in the raid, Xinhua said. Sudanese authorities handed over the worker's body Tuesday, according to Xinhua.

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  1. Bill

    Go to change.org "The Congress of the United States: Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment " and tell our elected leaders to do what needs to be done to keep America strong.

    February 7, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Henry

    I agree.

    February 7, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Peter

    Chinese diplomacy at work in Africa. Where's America's diplomacy beside gunboat style?

    February 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |