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Sudan: Chinese worker, missing in rebel attack, found dead

The body of a Chinese worker who went missing in an attack by SPLM-N rebels in Sudan's South Kordofan state has been found and will be returned to China, state media reported.

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President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir and Chinese President Hu Jintao attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People on June 29, 2011 in Beijing, China. (Pool/AFP/Getty Images)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The body of a Chinese worker who went missing in a rebel attack on a work camp in Sudan has been found, state media reported.

Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, said Sudan will hand over the body to China as soon as possible. 

The unnamed worker went missing in the Jan. 28 attack in South Kordofan state by rebels from the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). 

SPLM-N rebels abducted 29 of 47 Chinese nationals at the work camp.

The other Chinese workers fled, and were soon found by the Sudanese army and moved to a safe location. But one Chinese worker remained unaccounted for.

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The Chinese workers, said to be employed by a construction firm that is building a road in the area, were caught up in fighting between the SPLM-N and the Sudanese army. Rebels took over the area after destroying a Sudanese military convoy.

Xinhua said Monday that the 29 kidnapped workers were expected to be released within 48 hours. According to Sudanese media, mediation involving the International Committee of the Red Cross was ongoing.

China has also sent a team of officials to Sudan to help rescue the Chinese nationals.

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