Four South African Peacekeepers Kidnapped In Darfur

“They have been abducted. We are doing all we can to make sure they are released unharmed,” the spokesman of the joint UNAMID force Noureddine Mezni told Reuters, adding it was not known what group carried out the kidnapping.

The two men and two women, part of UNAMID’s police force, were last seen leaving their base near the capital of South Darfur Nyala on Sunday afternoon, Mezni said.

He added the force had so far not received any message from the abductors who also took the peacekeepers’ vehicle.

Darfur has seen a wave of kidnappings of expatriates, including UNAMID officials, in the past year, mostly by armed young men demanding ransom.

The last foreign hostage in Darfur, Red Cross worker Gauthier Lefevre, was released last month after 147 days in captivity.

Law and order has collapsed in the remote western region since mostly non-Arab rebels took up arms against Sudan’s government in 2003, accusing it of neglecting the territory.

UNAMID reported the four peacekeepers had gone missing earlier this week but at the time said it did not know what had happened to them. reuters