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Red Cross Staff Kidnapped in Africa

Thursday, 12 November 2009 11:06 AM

GENEVA — The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Wednesday called for the "immediate and unconditional release" of two agency staff kidnapped in recent weeks in Sudan and neighbouring Chad.

"We are asking for the immediate and unconditional release of our two colleagues," ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger told journalists.

Kellenberger said the ICRC was in "regular" contact with "the two groups concerned" by the kidnappings.

However, he added there was no reason to believe that the two incidents were linked, even though they took place in the same region.

In the most recent incident on Monday, Laurent Maurice, a French agronomist employed by the Geneva-based humanitarian agency, was seized by armed men in the Chad village of Kawa, just 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the border with Sudan's restive region of Darfur.

Another ICRC aid worker was abducted on October 22 in West Darfur, close to the border with Chad.

Gauthier Lefevre, a 35 year-old British-French dual national, was taken by armed men after they stopped a convoy of two marked Red Cross vehicles.

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