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3 Sudanese aid workers abducted by gunmen in Darfur region freed after 32 days in captivity

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KHARTOUM, Sudan — Three Sudanese aid workers taken hostage in Sudan's Darfur region were freed Saturday after being held by gunmen for over a month.

The joint U.N. African Union Mission in Darfur said in a statement that the three were released after 32 days in captivity. It said they appear to be unharmed.

PHOTO: A freed humanitarian worker, right, one of the three workers released after 32 days in captivity, receives a hug from his friend as he arrives in El Fasher, North Darfur, Sudan, Saturday, July 19, 2014. He works for the Irish humanitarian agency GOAL. The joint U.N. African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), an international peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur region, said the three aid workers were among 25 humanitarian workers abducted by armed men in North Darfur on June 18. The statement says 20 were released on the same day and two others were freed two weeks later. (AP Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID)
A freed humanitarian worker, right, one of the three workers released after 32 days in captivity, receives a hug from his friend as he arrives in El Fasher, North Darfur, Sudan, Saturday, July 19, 2014. He works for the Irish humanitarian agency GOAL. The joint U.N. African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), an international peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur region, said the three aid workers were among 25 humanitarian workers abducted by armed men in North Darfur on June 18. The statement says 20 were released on the same day and two others were freed two weeks later. (AP Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID)

The statement identified one of the three Sudanese workers as an employee of UNICEF, the U.N.'s children agency. It said two others work for the Irish humanitarian agency GOAL.

The mission said the three were among 25 humanitarian workers abducted by armed men in North Darfur on June 18. The statement said 20 were released on the same day and two others were freed two weeks later.

Darfur has been gripped by bloodshed since 2003. Gunmen previously have abducted aid workers there for ransoms.

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