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Foreigners ‘abducted from Sudan oilfield’

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Gunmen have kidnapped three workers from an oilfield in Sudan’s West Kordofan province, the army says.

“Armed men yesterday (Friday) attacked the Kanar field in West Kordofan and abducted three workers – a Sudanese, a Chinese and an Algerian,” spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad said.

He added that three attackers were killed in a firefight with guards at the site.

No further details were immediately available about the kidnapping, which has not been claimed by any group.

West Kordofan borders the province of South Kordofan where Sudanese government forces have been battling rebels for nearly three years.

The clashes in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states with fighters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) have displaced or severely affected 1.1 million people, the United Nations says.

West Kordofan also borders Sudan’s western region of Darfur, where the army and allied tribes have since 2003 battled rebels demanding an end to the region’s economic marginalisation and power sharing with the Khartoum government.

China is the main investor in Sudan’s oil sector, which is vital to the country’s economy.

Last week, President Omar al-Bashir put the country’s output at 124,000 barrels per day.