Rebels release Chinese hostages
Updated: 2007-04-30 23:00
Seven Chinese oil workers kidnapped by Ethiopian rebels after a deadly raid
on an oil venture arrived in Addis Ababa on Monday, a Chinese official said.
The staff, who worked for an
exploration bureau of the China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, arrived
aboard a military plane from the eastern Ogaden state, where they had been
kidnapped Tuesday, Wang Shengwen, head of the special Chinese team sent to
rescue the kidnapped workers, told Xinhua.
The seven Chinese oil workers kidnapped in a deadly raid
staged by rebels on an oilfield in Ethiopia last Tuesday have been
released and have arrived in Addis Ababa, captial of of Ethiopia April 30,
The workers were scheduled to fly back home to China on Tuesday, Wang said.
were in stable health condition despite obvious tiredness.
The kidnappers, the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), released the
workers on Sunday and handed them to the International Committee of the Red
The Chinese staff were kidnapped on Tuesday at one of the oil company's
premises in Ethiopia's Somali state. Some 65 Ethiopians and nine Chinese workers
were killed during the attack.
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