Abducted Bulgarian pilots released in SudanJune 7th, 2011 - 5:29 am ICT by IANS
Khartoum, June 7 (IANS) Three Bulgarian pilots - working for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) - who were abducted in January, have been released in Sudan, a statement said.
WFP regional director Amer Daoudi said Monday the three pilots, who had been abducted Jan 31 by unidentified gunmen from an air strip at Um Shalaya in West Darfur State, were in good health, Xinhua reported.
All three would be flown to the Sudanese capital Khartoum before returning to their country.
The pilots were working for the WFP Humanitarian Air Service.
Daoudi expressed WFP’s gratitude to the Sudan government and the efforts it made to secure the release of the pilots.
The incident was the second in Sudan for WFP. Three Latvian pilots were abducted in November 2010 in Nyala, capital of South Darfur state, and were released later.
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