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Russians abducted in Sudan confirmed as employees of Russia's UTair airline

February 03, 2015, 10:16 UTC+3
An initial inquiry into the abduction of two Russian citizens is ongoing
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YEKATERINBRUG, February 3. /TASS/. Two Russians abducted last week in Sudan’s Central Darfur state are employees of Russia’s UTair airline, the company’s press service told TASS on Tuesday.

Two UTair employees working under a contract with United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAUMID) were abducted on January 29 in the town of Zalingei by unknown men, a spokesperson said.

The Russians were blocked in a UNAUMID minibus by six vehicles. "The passengers, who were held at gunpoint, were forced to leave the bus and were taken in an unknown direction," the spokesperson said.

The UTair airline jointly with the representatives of the UN mission in Sudan and diplomatic organizations is currently making every effort to find the abducted employees.

"The abductors haven't made any demands yet," the press service said.

An initial inquiry into the abduction of two Russian citizens is ongoing, an official spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee said on Tuesday.

The Urals investigative department of the Investigative Committee has launched the initial inquiry following the media reports that two Russian citizens were abducted, Vladimir Markin said.

Russia’s embassy in Sudan earlier confirmed the information that two Russians had been abducted in Sudan’s Central Darfur state.

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