14 kidnapped Chinese were released by the Sudanese army

Chinese workers at Khartoum airport in Sudan. (File photo)

14 of the 29 Chinese workers abducted Saturday by rebels of Southern Kordofan, Sudan, were released by the Sudanese army, announced the official news agency SUNA on Monday.

“The forces of the Sudanese army had managed to free 14 Chinese employees,” reported the agency, citing the state governor, Ahmad Arun.

Ahmad Harun said the Chinese workers were healthy and they have been transported to the nearby town of El Obeid in North Kordofan.

We did not know the fate of the other 15 Chinese workers.

Chinese workers were caught Saturday when rebels attacked an army convoy between Sudan and Rashad Abbassiya in the northeast of the province.

Xinhua news agency said on Sunday that these workers worked for Power Construction Corp. of China. Wang Zhiping, a senior official of the company was quoted as saying, over 20 Chinese working on a project to build a road were missing after a rebel attack.