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South Sudan kidnapped oil workers released in Khartoum

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March 30, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Ethiopia and Sudan have successfully secured the release of three oil workers abducted recently by the rebel SPLM-In-Opposition in the neighbouring South Sudan.

"The vigorous efforts that have been made by Sudanese government in full coordination with the Ethiopian security services and all relevant parties, resulted in the release of the captured (oil workers), " said Ahmed Abdel Bagui, Director of the Department of Consulates in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in statements he made at the Khartoum airport Thursday.

The SPLM-IO issued two separate statements earlier this month to claim the capture of Pakistani and Indian oil workers in Guelguok north, of Adar in the Northern Upper Niles.

The armed group which seeks to stop oil production had warned foreigners and national oil workers to stop risking their lives in oil production areas.

The foreign ministry in a written statement given to reporters at Khartoum airport after the arrival of the three released hostages said Sudan had requested by Indian and Pakistani governments to mediate the release of its kidnapped workers.

The released hostages are "Ambross Edward and Muggy Vijaya Boopathy from India and Elias Hussain Gamal of Pakistan" further said the statement.

The three oil workers arrived in Khartoum through Addis Ababa and have been handed over to their respective embassies in Khartoum, said the statement without further details.

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  • 31 March 2017 11:13, by Believe in Truth

    Excellent move Dr Machar!

    Your stand for demacracy and freedom of all have ever been a great victory the world is ignoring!! The oil workers (Foriengers) are innocent and they deserve to be united with their family because they were pool by the regime in Juba and also they are there to get money for thier family... The supporter of SPLA IO are all happy with the wise decision you took...

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  • 31 March 2017 11:32, by Kush Natives

    I hope they (rebels) got their ransom! And positively they got their ransom, otherwise, they would have drove Pakistan and India into the sea, whether there was no sea, they would have find a sea to drive those two countries into. I guess, it’s just a normal business for the rebels in any jungles to run their dirty business in any given locations.

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    • 31 March 2017 14:15, by Lokoli

      Kush Natives. send more oil workers because you defy the present of SPLA/IO in oil producing areas.

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    • 31 March 2017 15:28, by jubaone

      This was a very good gesture from SPLA-IOP (Proper) led by Dr. Riak. Now The international community understands what goals and values the opposition stands for. On the other hand, criminals and thugs in Juba would ask for ransom or killed them like the 6 aid workers killed under the orders of Kiir.

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  • 31 March 2017 17:59, by Muordit

    What a useless rebellion, you better come back and join the peace process ya maraziin

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