Two Indians abducted in South Sudan released


New Delhi: Following the intervention by the Indian government, two Indian engineers, who had been abducted in South Sudan by rebels earlier this month, have been released.

On Friday, the External Affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, in a tweet conveyed the information of their release. The tweet read, “I am happy to inform about the release of two Indian nationals Midhun and Edward who were abducted in South Sudan.”

Another tweet, she lauded the Indian Ambassador in Sudan, for his efforts to rescue the abducted.

The news came to light after Production Operator at South Sudan’s Dar Petroleum Operating Company, Ajay Raja, and tweeted Thursday night thanking Swaraj for her timely intervention in the matter. “Thank you @SushmaSwaraj mam for your efforts to release the two Indians Midhun and Edward in South Sudan. My friends are back. Thank you,” he tweeted.

The Indian engineers, Midhun Ganesh (25) and A. Edward (40), were abducted on March 8 this year while working on the field. As per sources, the abduction was carried out by Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO).

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Sushma Swaraj took to twitter to convey that the workers from Telangana, who were held captive by their employer in Saudi Arabia, have been rescued.

“We have rescued those 29 workers from Saudi Arabia. We are paying for their air tickets as well,” she tweeted.

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