Three Bulgarians Working for U.N. Kidnapped in Sudan

Three Bulgarian airline employees, working on a contract for the United Nations in Sudan, were kidnapped in the east African country, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said Thursday.

"A crew of three Bulgarian nationals, working for a Bulgarian airline company operating flights on a U.N. contract, were kidnapped in north Sudan," the ministry said in a statement.

"The local authorities and the United Nations Missions in Sudan (UNMIS) have reacted immediately," it added.

The ministry said it was in contact with both the company and UNMIS and was seeking more details about the incident.

The kidnappers of the three remained unidentified, the ministry added.

Chris Cycmanick, the spokesman for the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission, said the men were abducted Wednesday night about 75 kilometers southeast of Geneina, capital of West Darfur province.