Berlin "doing everything" after two Germans abducted in Sudan
Germany is doing all it can to find two German aid workers who have been abducted in the Sudanese region of Darfur, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Thursday, DPA reported.
Visiting the Bonn head office of THW, the civil-defence agency which employs the two, he said Berlin was doing everything it was able "to ensure we bring our guys safely home again."
He said the men came from Berlin and from a northern state, Schleswig-Holstein, but gave no other details, pointing out that a Foreign Ministry crisis team was dealing with the problem.
THW, which organizes domestic disaster relief by 80,000 German volunteers, is an offshoot of the Interior Ministry. De Maiziere said the whole organization was shocked by the abduction.
Armed men took away the pair, aged 34 and 52, from their accommodation in the town of Nyala in Darfur on Tuesday evening. The reason for the abduction was unknown.
THW has a facility in Nyala that repairs UN and relief agency generators, pumps and vehicles.
Aid workers in Darfur have repeatedly been abducted and held to ransom for months on end. More than 1 million people in the region live as refugees in camps. Fighting between government forces and rebels has been on the increase.