12:16 pm, Wed 30 May 2012
The execute director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Patrick Noonan's organisation, has welcomed his release. Ertharin Cousin said:
All WFP staff are celebrating the release of Patrick today. He went to Darfur with the aim of helping vulnerable people and his kidnapping was a great strain on his family, friends and colleagues. We are thankful for his safe release.
12:14 pm, Wed 30 May 2012
Patrick Noonan, a 48-year-old father of two from Northern Ireland, has been released after 86 days in captivity in the Darfur region of Sudan.
He had been working as a logistician for the World Food Programme (WFP) for about two years when he was snatched by armed men on the morning of March 6th.
Credit: World Food Programme/PA Wire
12:03 pm, Wed 30 May 2012
The Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham has welcomed the release of aid worker Patrick Noonan. He said:
Patrick is now in the care of the World Food Programme in Sudan. Patrick's family and friends must be delighted, having endured the ordeal of his captivity with great strength and dignity.
11:57 am, Wed 30 May 2012
Armed groups pose a threat to humanitarian workers in the region
Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images
A British aid worker abducted by armed men in Sudan's Darfur region has been released after 86 days in captivity.
Patrick Noonan was working for World Food Programme (WFP) as a logistician in Nyala in southern Darfur when he was captured on March 6th.
Although the civil war has calmed down in Darfur, tribal conflict and clashes between government troops and rebels are still common. WFP said 40 humanitarian workers have been abducted since 2009.
11:34 am, Wed 30 May 2012
British hostage Patrick Noonan, who was kidnapped in Sudan three months ago, has been freed, the Foreign Office said today.