27 October 2008
KHARTOUM - Five Chinese oil workers kidnapped in central Sudan nine days ago have been shot dead, Sudan's Foreign Ministry said.
The five were among nine employees of China National Petroleum Corp. who were abducted on Oct. 18 while working at the Heglig oil field in South Kordofan state, Ali Sadig, a ministry spokesman, said by phone yesterday from Khartoum, the capital. Two workers escaped and were being treated for injuries, while the other two are still being held by their captors, he said.
``What happened was very unexpected,'' Sadig said. ``What is strange is that it happened at a time when the government, especially the army and the police, were not involved. There was no direct confrontation with the abductors.''