20 October 2008
KHARTOUM - Nine Chinese oil workers were kidnapped in central Sudan on Oct. 18 by unidentified gunmen, the Chinese Embassy in Khartoum said. The Sudanese government blamed rebels in the area for the abductions.
The nine employees of China National Petroleum Corp., or CNPC, were seized while working at the Heglig oil field in South Kordofan state, an embassy official who identified himself only as Yu said by phone today from the capital.
Sudan's government said the rebel Justice and Equity Movement carried out the attack, the Sudanese Media Center news service reported today, citing Mohammed Al Dorak, commissioner of the Abyei locality. The group has been fighting government forces in the western region of Darfur for the past five years.