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29 Chinese Workers Held by Sudan South Kordofan Rebels

01-30 00:00 财经网 财经网

29 Chinese construction workers were captured by rebels Sunday in Sudan’s South Kordofan state after a battle with government forces, according to an insurgent spokesman.

The news was confirmed by Chinese foreign minister spokesman Liu Weimin. The foreign ministry and China’s embassy in Sudan have initiated an emergence response to the incident, Liu said.

The government will do everything possible to rescue the missing workers and security in local Chinese projects has been reinforced, he said.

The embassy has lost contact with the Chinese workers, according to China’s official Xinhua News Agency.

“The abducted Chinese personnel have had all communications links with the outside world cut,” the agency said quoting an unmade official.

Besides 29 Chinese workers, the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) also held nine members of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), the AFP news agency said.

The attacked compound of Chinese Sinohydro Corp Ltd was located between the towns of Abbasiya and Rashad in South Kordofan.

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