The Sudanese engineering and excavation company NAPTA, announced that its 23 employees who were kidnapped by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in West Darfur were released on Monday, 17 September. The company's director told Radio Dabanga that the employees were kidnapped on 8 June and have arrived in El-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur.
According to the director, El Hady Aldaiy Ibrahim, the 23 men were seized from the Doano area, 12km east of Ajajh (agricultural) project.
He added that a company's delegation received the employees in Abu Matari locality, in East Darfur and assisted their transfer to El-Geneina.
The director explained that JEM kidnapped these employees for suspecting that the company belonged to the security service. However, he said, after an investigation JEM realized that there are no links between NAPTA and the security service and released the employees.