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German government announces release of pair abducted in Sudan

By the CNN Wire Staff
Two German aid workers who were kidnapped in Darfur arrive in Khartoum after being freed on July 27, 2010.
Two German aid workers who were kidnapped in Darfur arrive in Khartoum after being freed on July 27, 2010.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The two were seized several weeks ago and are well
  • They were working for a civilian government agency in Darfur
  • They'll be brought to Khartoum sometime Tuesday
RELATED TOPICS
  • Sudan
  • Darfur

(CNN) -- Two Germans who were kidnapped in Sudan have been released, the German Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

'I am very pleased and relieved that the two kidnapped German workers from the Technisches Hilfswerks are free," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said.

Sudanese authorities are protecting the two, who will be brought to Khartoum, Sudan's capital, sometime Tuesday, he said.

"Given the difficult situation, they are both well," Westerwelle said.

The ministry said they were working for Technisches Hilfswerks, a German civilian government agency in Sudan's Darfur region.

The agency, the government's civil and catastrophe protection agency, has been in Darfur since 2004 and has had a generator and repair workshop in Nyala and Al-Fashir.