Two kidnapped peacekeepers released after 136 days in captivity

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At the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) base in Kutum, Sudan, a peacekeeper reveals the damage done to an armoured personnel carrier after an attack

Two Jordanian peacekeepers at the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were released on Wednesday after being held hostage for more than 100 days.

The two policemen, who are being flown home from Sudan's capital, Khartoum, appeared to be unharmed and in good health.

UNAMID spokesperson Aicha Elbasri said while the mission's staff have been subject to attacks and kidnappings, the 136 days which the men spent in captivity were the longest such incident.

She added that the perpetrators are unknown.

"This information is not available to us and this is exactly why UNAMID is calling on the government of Sudan to carry out the necessary investigation to see who is behind not only this hostage incident but also the others so that this kind of crime must come to an end."

The two Jordanian peacekeepers were taken hostage in Northern Darfur on 20 August, 2012.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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