Kidnapped UNAMID contractor freed in Sudan's Darfur

Jaffery was taken to the mission's hospital in Al-Fashir for a medical exam.

Kidnapped UNAMID contractor freed in Sudan's Darfur

World Bulletin/News Desk

An Indian contractor working with the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has been released by his captors in Sudan's troubled Darfur region after 94 days in captivity, the mission said Friday.

Irfan Jaffery was abducted by gunmen in Al-Fashir, capital city of North Darfur, while walking with a colleague in a residential area.

Immediately following his release, Jaffery was taken to the mission's hospital in Al-Fashir for a medical exam.

"Jaffery appears to be unharmed and in good health," according to a UNAMID statement, giving no further details about his release. "He will be flown to Khartoum and back to his home country as soon as possible."

"African Union-United Nations Joint Special Representative for Darfur Mohamed Ibn Chambas expressed the mission's gratitude to the government of Sudan, Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services, the Wali (Governor) of North Darfur, and the Government of India for their valuable assistance in the safe release of Mr. Jaffery," the statement added.

Darfur has been ravaged by conflict since 2003, when three homegrown rebel groups took up arms against the central government in Khartoum.

The U.N. says some 300,000 people have been killed in the long-running conflict while some 1.8 million have been displaced.

 

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