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South Sudan Rebels Release Two Abducted Indian Oil Workers

South Sudanese rebels release abducted Pakistani engineer

A statement by rebel leader Riek Machar says the men were released and the Indian and Pakistani embassies were notified.

On March 19, South Sudan rebels announced the arrest of three foreign oil workers.

"He was finally recovered today by Sudanese officials and taken to Addis Ababa, from where a special plane, provided by the government of Sudan, flew him to Khartoum", the FO statement said.

"Following requests from India and Pakistan, the Sudanese and Ethiopian governments coordinated together to secure their release", Sudan's powerful National Intelligence and Security Service said.

Ayaz Hussain Jamali, a resident of Pakistan's southern Badin district, was working for an global petroleum company when he was kidnapped in South Sudan's capital Juba several weeks ago. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned that only in the first three months of this year, 60,000 new migrants from South Sudan reached Sudan, mostly women and children, whose numbers exceeded the worst expectations.

The two Indians working for South Sudan's pertoleum ministry were kidnapped in northeast Maiwut county. He said the Indians "refused to respect repeated warnings from the military command of the armed opposition".

AFPOver 60 000 South Sudanese refugees have entered the Sudan in the first three months of 2017 according to recent United Nations reports.

(L to R) Indians Midhun Ganesh and Edward Ambrose and Pakistani Ayaz Hussein Jamali, look on upon their arrival at Khartoum airport on March 30, 2017.

South Sudan, which split away from Sudan in 2011 after decades of conflict, has been mired in civil war since President Salva Kiir sacked Machar in 2013.