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American Hostage in Iraq Found Unharmed - 2004-05-02


U.S. military officials say an American worker held hostage in Iraq for three weeks has been found unharmed.

A senior U.S. Army officer says Thomas Hamill came out of a building south of Tikrit today and identified himself to American soldiers. It was not immediately clear whether Mr. Hamill escaped his captors or was set free. But an Army spokesman said it looked like an escape.

The 43-year-old truck driver for an American contractor had been missing since April ninth, when he was kidnapped during an attack on his convoy.

Six other Americans who were traveling in the same convoy disappeared at the same time. Four were later found dead. U.S. officials say the status of the fifth hostage is not known.

All the missing men were employees of (Kellogg, Brown and Root) a subsidiary of the Halliburton company, a U.S. firm involved in many large reconstruction projects in Iraq.

A U.S. soldier was also killed in the convoy attack last month, and a second soldier was taken hostage.

information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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