Four South African police advisers who were abducted are in "good shape" and officials are negotiating terms of their release, the peacekeeping mission in Darfur confirmed Friday.
According to the Associated Press, the United Nations-African Union mission, or UNAMID, talked to the advisers on the telephone and confirmed they are ok.
However, the spokesman said they would be happier if they were released soon unharmed.
The advisers had not been heard from since Sunday.
The AFP reported that a Darfur group calling itself the People's Democratic Struggle Movement had a member who claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.
"We want one billion Sudanese pounds (400,000 dollars) but that is not the most important. We want to show the international community that security conditions in Darfur do not allow for elections," Ibrahim al-Dukki told AFP.
The kidnapping came as Sudan was preparing for their first competitive elections in over two decades.