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Two Chinese abducted by rebels in Sudan
Updated: 2004-03-17 09:14

Two Chinese workers have been abducted by anti-Sudanese government militants in western Sudan, Fong Fude, the Charge d'affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Khartoum, confirmed on Tuesday.

The rebels abducted the two Chinese workers on Saturday while the latter were drilling water wells some 80 km from the western Sudan's Buram city, Fong said.

The office of the North China Construction Company, which the two abductees worked for, contacted the Chinese Embassy on Sunday and reported the kidnapping incident, he added.

The embassy staff immediately held an emergency meeting to discuss the necessary measures to rescue the two workers, Fong said, adding that he had called the Sudanese Foreign Ministry and other concerned institutions several times, asking them to help solve the problem.

The Sudanese government had expressed deep regret for the incident and vowed to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and immediate release of the two workers, Fong said.

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