China: Chinese Workers Abducted in Sudan’s Darfur

China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that four Chinese workers have been abducted in Sudan’s North Darfur region by unidentified gunmen. The men were said to be employees of the China Railway 18th Bureau Group who were building a road in North Darfur just outside the regional capital of El-Fasher. Sudan’s state news agency SUNA blamed the abduction on a Darfur rebel movement and reported that five Sudanese were also abducted. The government said it dispatched 18 military vehicles to pursue the abductors. China is a major oil buyer from Sudan and invests heavily there.—AP

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