SOUTH AFRICA WELCOME RELEASE OF ITS EMPLOYEES TAKEN HOSTAGE IN SENEGAL

16 Jul 2013 07:54

PRETORIA, July 15 (BERNAMA-NNN-SAPA) -- South Africa state-owned aerospace and defence technology company Denel has welcomed the release of nine of its employees who were taken hostage in southern Senegal. No ransom was paid for the release of the employees, the company said in a statement. The released workers were part of a group of 12 employees abducted while performing humanitarian de-mining activities on behalf of the United Nations in the Casamance province of Senegal on May 3. The company said they were handed over to authorities Saturday afternoon and would soon be reunited with their families. All 12 employees that were captured by the rebel forces are Senegalese citizens, three women were released on May 28. -- BERNAMA-NNN-SAPA

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