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U.N. Worker Kidnapped By Armed Men In Central African Republic Is Released

The woman was abducted while working in the capital Bangui on Tuesday.

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A woman working for a United Nations peacekeeping mission who was kidnapped Tuesday while working in Bangui, the capital of the conflict-hit Central African Republic, has been released, the mission told the Associated Press.

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UN peacekeeping soldiers from Rwanda patrol Bangui on Dec. 09, 2014.

The U.N. made the announcement soon after the armed militia group who kidnapped the worker said they had freed her.

"She's now been released and she's either back in the hands of the U.N. or on the way back to the U.N.," a U.N. spokesman told the AP. "So she's safely released and we're obviously very pleased."

The news came a day after a French charity worker and a churchman were also seized in an area of the city controlled by Anti-Balaka Christian militia. They remain missing.

The group had demanded the release of its leader, who is in custody having been accused of crimes including murder, Reuters said.

The country was plunged into turmoil in March 2013, when a coalition of Muslim rebels under the Seleka banner seized power from President Francois Bozize in the majority Christian state.

Since then, there has been a backlash from the Anti-Balaka, with thousands being killed and around 1 million displaced in the ongoing sectarian violence.

Francis Whittaker is a homepage editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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