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KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) – A spokeswoman for Doctors Without Borders says 35 of their foreign staff are leaving Darfur after the abduction of three colleagues.

The group says only two staffers will remain in Darfur to negotiate the release of the kidnapped.

Spokeswoman Susan Sandars said Friday that no violence was used when the kidnappers broke into the group’s compound in northwest Darfur late Wednesday and snatched a Canadian, an Italian and a French health worker.

The three worked for the aid group’s Belgian branch. Two Sudanese guards were also taken but later released.

Officials said the kidnappers have demanded a ransom. Sudan expelled 13 aid groups after the March 4 arrest warrant for the Sudanese president, wanted for war crimes in Darfur.

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