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Aid worker free after Chad kidnap

Chadian troops, file image
Chadian and Sudanese troops have had border skirmishes in the past

Militants in Chad have released a foreign aid worker they snatched during a robbery last month.

UN officials said the man, who works for medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, had been returned to the eastern town of Ade.

The man, reportedly from Greece, was seized with a Chadian colleague on 4 August. The Chadian was freed shortly after being kidnapped.

It was not clear who was responsible for the kidnappings.

UN officials and the Chadian military confirmed that the aid worker had been freed, but gave few other details.

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The AFP news agency reported that the aid worker was from Greece, and quoted a Chadian military official as confirming the release.

"The hostage has been freed. You will have more information on Wednesday," said General Oki Daggache.

Reuters quoted UN officials as saying the man was free and was in Ade.

Aid agencies deal with thousands of refugees in eastern Chad who are fleeing fighting in both Chad and Sudan.

Both countries suffer from long-running insurgencies and several militant groups operate along the border.

In March, British charity Oxfam estimated that 25 attacks occur every month on non-governmental organisations operating in eastern Chad.



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