17 aid workers abducted in Sudans Darfur region.

Seventeen aid workers have been abducted in the Sudanese troubled Darfur region, sources said.

Irish NGO GOAL and local SAK reported that the abduction took place on Thursday.

They said three GOAL employees and 14 members of the Sudanese SAK were abducted in Kutum, North Darfur.

The sources said the three Goal employees included the country director.

The SAK members included the head of the Kutum branch and an engineer.

“Militiamen in three Land Cruisers stopped the GOAL country director and two staff members who were on their way to Kutum airport. They pulled them from their vehicle at gunpoint and took them to an unknown destination,” the sources, who asked not to be named because they are not authorised to talk to the media, told the Africa Review.

“At about the same time, gunmen in Land Cruisers abducted 14 employees of the Sudanese SAK organisation, in the Um Lyon in Kutum locality,” they added…