3 UN Air Staff Abducted in Darfur

    An aircraft releases food during an airdrop in Sudan. Three members of the U.N. Humanitarian Air Service run by the World Food Programme were kidnapped in Darfur, Sudan. Photo by: Fred Noy / WFP

    Three Bulgarians working for the U.N. Humanitarian Air Service run by the World Food Program were abducted Thursday (Jan. 13) in Darfur, Sudan, according to officials from WFP and the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry.

    “The incident happened at a landing strip at Um Shalaya 60 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Geneina,” WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella said as quoted by The Associated Press.

    Geneina is the provincial capital of West Darfur.

    The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry confirmed the nationality of the kidnapped air crew, explaining that they are employees of a Bulgarian airline under contract with the U.N., AP adds.

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