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French hostages 'freed in Darfur'

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Two French hostages seized in the Central African Republic on 22 November have been freed in neighbouring Darfur, the French foreign minister says.

Bernard Kouchner was quoted by news agency AFP as saying the pair, who worked for the Triangle charity, had been released.

They were thought to have been taken by gunmen in the town of Birao, on the CAR border with Chad and Sudan.

A number of aid group staff have been abducted in the region recently.

Mr Kouchner said in a statement that the two had been freed and were heading to the Sudanese capital Khartoum, AFP reported.

They were working for the French aid group Triangle Generation Humanitaire when they were kidnapped.

The region is home to hundreds of thousands of displaced people, including many made homeless by conflicts in Sudan's western Darfur region.

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