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South African among four captured in Sudan

2012-04-28 18:36

Khartoum - Four foreigners investigating the debris from recent fighting between Sudan and South Sudan have been captured in the Heglig oilfield area, Khartoum's military said on Saturday.

Sawarmi Khaled Saad, the army spokesperson, identified the foreigners as a Briton, a Norwegian, a South African and a South Sudanese.

He was speaking to reporters after the four were flown to Khartoum for "more investigation".

"We captured them inside Sudan's borders, in the Heglig area, and they were collecting war debris for investigation," Saad said at the airport.

He added that all four had military backgrounds, and were accompanied by military equipment and a military vehicle. He did not elaborate.

Comments
  • Deana - 2012-04-28 18:49

    My heart goes out to the men's families! Can't imagine what they must go through. Please stay strong and brave for your loved ones and know that you will be in our prayers!

      rudolphreichel - 2012-04-28 19:19

      I am a expat in Sudan...trust me normal civilized people don't understand and can never imagine the brutal mentality of the governing bodies here...

  • Deana - 2012-04-28 18:49

    My heart goes out to the men's families! Can't imagine what they must go through. Please stay strong and brave for your loved ones and know that you will be in our prayers!

  • En - 2012-04-28 18:54

    Probably mercenaries...guns for hire

  • Sboniswa - 2012-04-28 19:05

    They knew ukuthi that b***dy country is the most dangerous in the world!!! shame

      Greg - 2012-04-28 19:46

      Humm.....I am a South African working in Sudan with my family. I can guarantee that it is far safer than S.A......so I guess that means S.A. is the most dangerous country in the world.

  • Jim - 2012-04-28 19:38

    What were they doing and why were they there??

      Nico - 2012-04-28 20:26

      Read the article and you'll get your answer.

      Jim - 2012-04-28 20:35

      Rhino....yes they were collecting war debris........I've understood that bit of information but why and for what reason?? Why the military background and military vehicles

      Jim - 2012-04-28 20:45

      Regarding the thumbs down to my post...I'm simply asking a question, not passing judgement. Don't be so defensive and sensitive here ......I'm simply interested?

      RemoteMedic - 2012-04-28 20:58

      Jim, worked there myself as deminer. Deminers are generally from military background and detecting mines require "military" equipment, such as ballistic helmets, mine detectors, etc. Your driver is normally local national who doubles as translator. Oil companies hire demining companies to clear area for exploration and infrastructure building. Don't judge people in those areas, not all of us are guns for hire! Rather think about there families! Out

      Jim - 2012-04-28 21:11

      RemoteMedic....thanks for that insight, did you notice my previous comment regarding my non judgemental status of this situation??? People do what they think best, it's their choice....out

      RemoteMedic - 2012-04-29 02:11

      Jim that was aimed at the idiots with the thumbs down on your comment mate. I answered your question and retaliated against the bigots. Cheers

      Nico - 2012-05-01 07:24

      Any one with common sense should know there is ( and was ) a war in Sudan. THAT alone should have answered your questions Jim.

  • Dirk - 2012-04-29 20:36

    Also in Sudan as we speak. Anyone with more detail to whom they are and for who they are working?

      tyres45 - 2012-04-29 21:22

      @Dirk volgens die SABC2 nuus en E nuus is 2 werknemers van Mechem wat besig is met demining vir die VN.

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