KHARTOUM, Jan 2, 2013 (AFP) – Two Jordanian peacekeepers have been freed after 136 days of captivity in Sudan’s Darfur region, the African Union-UN mission to the troubled region said on Wednesday.
“They are safe,” UNAMID spokeswoman Aicha Elbasri told AFP. “This is the longest hostage-taking incident (for UNAMID).”She said the peacekeepers were now on their way to Khartoum and then Jordan after their release in Zalingei, capital of the recently-created Central Darfur state.
They went missing on August 20 in Kebkabiya town, about 140 km (87 miles) west of the North Darfur state capital El Fasher.
Jordan’s police directorate said at the time that the pair disappeared while they shopped in the Kebkabiya area.
They were among a group of peacekeepers buying supplies in a market but they failed to show up at a pre-arranged meeting point at the end of the trip, the police said.
There has been no indication as to who may have abducted them.