About 16 captives released in Upper Nile State

By Wek Atak Kacjang

At least 16 out of the 18 people who were earlier kidnapped by unknown armed men in Upper Nile have been released.

The captives were kidnapped while on duty at the border with Sudan while serving the National Revenue Authority.

Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday from Renk, Northern Upper State Information Minister Santino Luan Kur said two other officials were still under Sudanese detention.

He said they were working hard to negotiate with the Sudanese authorities to release all the detainees.

“South Sudan and Sudan have important aspects in maintaining peace and stability in this region. There was no payment made for the 16 people to be released and I am sure that the other two will be released for free by Sudan government,” Luan said.

He added they have been in contact with the two people, saying they have been detained in Southern Kordofan.

The 18 civil servants including four police officers were kidnapped on 31st October in Gonebar agriculture scheme in Northern Upper Nile State.

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