Sudan says Egypt seized gold miners from its territory

Sudan has accused Egypt of seizing Sudanese gold miners from its territory and confiscating their equipment.

Sudanese state TV Ashorooq on Tuesday quotes the Sudanese Minister of Minerals as saying he met with representatives of the gold miners in Wadi Al-Allagy, in the Sudanese Red Sea State where their colleagues were allegedly attacked and taken to Egypt.

Ahmed al-Karoury says some of the 45 miners were later released but without their equipment.

Karoury described as "grave and unacceptable" the act by the Egyptian forces, calling it "an aggression on innocent Sudanese nationals on Sudanese territories."

He said the government would work to retrieve the remaining miners and their equipment.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesman could not be reached for comment.