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Nine Chinese oil workers kidnapped.

Nine Chinese oil workers were kidnapped in southwestern Sudan on Saturday in one of several recent attacks on Chinese interests in the country, CNN reported Sunday. Officials from Sudan blamed a Darfur rebel group for the kidnapping. None of the Darfur rebel groups who have fought the central government in recent years claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack was the third on Chinese targets in the last year. Many activists in Darfur have blamed some of the bloodshed in the region on China’s ties with the country. CNN indicated that China buys nearly two-thirds of Sudan’s exported oil.

The BBC reported that the kidnapping took place in the oil-rich Kordofan region. The kidnappers eventually released one of the men. They left him with a note demanding ransom in the form of a share of oil production.