Bangui: A UN staff member abducted on Tuesday by the Christian anti-balaka militant group was released on Wednesday here in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), a media report said.
A source said the abducted person was released because he was an Iraqi and not a person from the West, according to a Xinhua report.
The militants wanted to abduct a person from the West to exchange with their leader who was arrested by UN peacekeepers, Xinhua said.
A 67-year-old French woman charity worker, who was abducted Monday by the anti-balaka militants was still not released, though negotiations on her release were underway.
A civil war broke out in CAR Dec 10, 2012 between the Muslim Seleka rebel coalition and government forces. The Seleka took power from then president Francois Bozize in March 2013 and rebel leader Michel Djotodia declared himself president.
Djotodia was forced to quit power in January 2014 amid worsening violence between the Christian anti-balaka group and the Muslim Seleka.