Doctors Without Borders trio held in Sudan

March 12, 2009 at 10:50 AM

SARAF UMRA, Sudan, March 12 (UPI) -- Three staff members of Doctors Without Borders were reported held by kidnappers in the war-torn Sudanese province of Darfur, the humanitarian group said.

A Canadian nurse, an Italian doctor and a French coordinator of the Belgian branch were abducted Wednesday night. Two Sudanese staffers also were taken but were released, police told CNN.

The workers were reported taken at gunpoint from their office at Saraf Umra, about 143 miles west of the North Darfur capital El Fasher, the BBC said.

The kidnappings came after Sudan ordered the expulsion of 13 international aid groups, including the French and Dutch chapters of Doctors Without Borders.

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