Sudan rebels holding 29 Chinese workers
Khartoum: Rebels in Sudan's oil-producing border state of South Kordofan said on Sunday they were holding Chinese workers for their own safety after a battle with the Sudanese Army.
The Army has been fighting rebels of the SPLM-N in South Kordofan bordering newly-independent South Sudan since June.
"We are holding 29 Chinese workers after a battle with the Army yesterday," a spokesman for the SPLM-N said. "They are in good health. We are holding them for their own safety because the Army was trying to strike again."
The Army said rebels had attacked the compound of a Chinese construction company and captured 70 civilians. "Most of them are Chinese. They are targeting civilians," said Army spokesman Sawarmi Khalid Saad.