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Two peacekeepers seized in Sudan


Two members of the joint UN/African Union (Unamid) peacekeeping force have been kidnapped in Sudan's western Darfur region, officials say.

A Unamid spokesman said the pair - a man and a woman - were abducted in the western town of Zalingei.

The victim's nationalities have not been made public.

It comes two days after the UN's military commander in the region said the six-year war there between the government and rebels was over.

The UN says 300,000 people died in the conflict in Darfur, but the Sudanese government puts the figure at 10,000.

Almost three million people are said to have been displaced by the fighting.

The commander, Gen Martin Agwai, said the region now suffered more from low-level disputes and banditry than the violence of recent years.

Spokesman Noureddin Mezni said armed men attacked the Unamid staff residence in Zalingei at 0430 (0130 GMT) and abducted the pair, whom he described as civilians.

Mr Mezni said the abductions were the first of Unamid members, although there have been a series of kidnappings of aid workers in the region.

He said contact had been made with the captors, but did not give any further details.

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