Gunmen kidnap Nepalese nationals in West Darfur, victims worked for UN

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In this unrelated photo posted last year, Nepalese soldiers pose as they patrol in the West Darfur region. I Source: Facebook

29November2016: Two Nepalese nationals employed by the UN have been kidnapped from Geneina, the capital city of West Darfur. The abduction took place near the main mosque of the city, reports said yesterday.

According to AFP, both UN and local government have confirmed that the two Nepalese men and a Sudanese were snatched by gunmen on Monday. The unidentified victims are employees of UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR.

A local resident of Geneina told media that the kidnappers came in a four wheel drive, “I saw some armed men ordering the three UN employees to get into their vehicle. Then they drove off quickly.”

A serious armed conflict is on in the Darfur region of Sudan since 2003, the year Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) began fighting against the Sudanese government. They accuse President Omar al-Bashir of trying to oppress the minority black tribes with the help of Janjaweed militias.

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