UN hostages freed in South Sudan

The UN has 12,500 peacekeepers deployed in South SudanThirteen United Nations workers in South Sudan kidnapped by rebels have been safely freed a week after their abduction, the UN said Monday. Around 100 rebel fighters, who have been battling the government for almost two years, seized 31 members of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) last week. While 18 Bangladeshi peacekeepers were freed soon after they were held, the 13 remaining UN workers — all South Sudanese nationals — were released by the rebels on Sunday, UNMISS said Monday.

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