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Army: gunmen abduct foreigners from Sudan oilfield

No further details were immediately available about the kidnapping, which has not been claimed by any group

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Gunmen have kidnapped three workers including a Chinese and an Algerian from an oilfield in Sudan’s West Kordofan province, the army said Saturday.

“Armed men yesterday (Friday) attacked the Kanar field in West Kordofan and abducted three workers -- a Sudanese, a Chinese and an Algerian,” spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad told AFP.

He added that three attackers were killed in a firefight with guards at the site.

No further details were immediately available about the kidnapping, which has not been claimed by any group.

West Kordofan borders the province of South Kordofan where Sudanese government forces have been battling rebels for nearly three years.

Severely affected

The clashes in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states with fighters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) have displaced or severely affected 1.1 million people, the United Nations says.

West Kordofan also borders Sudan’s western region of Darfur, where the army and allied tribes have since 2003 battled rebels demanding an end to the region’s economic marginalisation and power sharing with the Khartoum government.

China is the main investor in Sudan’s oil sector, which is vital to the nation’s economy.

Last week, President Omar al-Bashir put the country’s output at 124,000 barrels per day.