Aid workers in Sudan freed after 32-day captivity

UNICEF officer Mustafa Abdalla Adarge (C) is guided by an African Union - U.N. Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) as NGO GOAL officers Mohamed Abu Elgassem (2nd from top) and Ahmed Elsayed (top) step out of a U.N. helicopter at el-Fasher airport. (Reuters)

Three Sudanese aid workers taken hostage in Sudan's Darfur region were freed Saturday after being held by gunmen for over a month.

The joint U.N. African Union Mission in Darfur said in a statement that the three were released after 32 days in captivity. It said they appear to be unharmed.

The statement identified one of the three Sudanese workers as an employee of UNICEF, the U.N.'s children agency. It said two others work for the Irish humanitarian agency GOAL.

The mission said the three were among 25 humanitarian workers abducted by armed men in North Darfur on June 18. The statement said 20 were released on the same day and two others were freed two weeks later.

Darfur has been gripped by bloodshed since 2003. Gunmen previously have abducted aid workers there for ransoms.

Last Update: Saturday, 19 July 2014 KSA 22:57 - GMT 19:57