HYDERABAD: South Sudan rebels ambushed a vehicle carrying a Pakistani petroleum engineer and three others, and kidnapped them as they were travelling to Ghumry oilfield, 50kms from Palooch.
Ayaz Hussain Jamali, 25, worked in an oilfield of China Petroleum Engineering and Construction Corporation (CPECC). He was scheduled to return to the country on March 22 for his wedding in Karachi a week after.
“We came to know about it yesterday noon… a few hours after the incident,” said Akhtar Hussain Jamali, elder brother of Ayaz, who lives in Islamabad, confirming the kidnapping. The Badin-based family was informed about the incident by Ayaz’s elder brother, Babur Hussain Jamali, who also worked in a nearby oilfield. The two brothers had resigned from their jobs before the incident.
The country has been mired in civil war since President Salva Kiir sacked Riek Machar in 2013. Fighting has forced 3 million people to flee their homes, split much of the population along ethnic lines and paralysed agriculture, leaving the country facing famine, according to the United Nations.