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Police free dozens held by Sudanese trafficking gang

May 1 - 2017 EL GEDAREF
Eritrean asylum seekers meet at the Wad Sharify refugee camp in eastern Sudan, near the border with Eritrea (Mohamed Nureldin)
Eritrean asylum seekers meet at the Wad Sharify refugee camp in eastern Sudan, near the border with Eritrea (Mohamed Nureldin)

Police in eastern Sudan’s El Gedaref have released 56 people from a human trafficking gang in El Butana area on Sunday.

The police chief of El Gedaref, Maj. Gen. Adil Jamal, told the press in El Gedaref town that a group of gunmen were holding 56 refugees from neighbouring countries in an abandoned house on the border between Kassala and El Gedaref states.

The gang demanded a ransom of $3,000 per person for their release.

The people, among them women and children, were held in extremely harsh humanitarian conditions for more than a month.  


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