Earlier, Sudanese armed forces, long accused of atrocities in Darfur, launched renewed attacks on rebels. The government forces said they had taken a key stretch of road from the rebel Sudan Liberation Army, about 100 miles (160km) away from Fasher.
The BBC reports that http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-11497460, later on Thursday, the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force, Unamid, told journalists that that one of their workers had been snatched.
Opinion: The disaster in Sudan continues. Lawlessness seems to prevail and yet there doesn't seem to be any signs of real improvement. I doubt that any substantive change will occur until President Omar al-Bashir is brought to justice on his international arrest warrant.