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Darfur rebels release 49 Unamid troops

2012-02-20 21:12

Khartoum - A rebel group in Sudan's Darfur region said on Monday it has released 49 international peacekeepers it had captured earlier.

"All peacekeepers are free but we are holding three Sudanese accompanying them," said a spokesperson for the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

The rebels had earlier on Monday said they had captured 52 international Unamid peacekeepers.

A spokesperson for UNAMID said the peacekeepers had been allowed to leave but they were staying in the area in north-western Darfur since they did not want to leave three detained civilians behind.