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Iraqi Company Director Abducted - 2004-07-24


Iraqi officials say insurgents have kidnapped the director of Iraq's state-owned construction company.

Police say unidentified gunmen snatched Ra'ad Adnan, the general director of Al-Mansour Contracting Company, today (Saturday) as he drove through central Baghdad.

The motive was not immediately clear, but militants have previously abducted people they believe support the Iraqi interim government.

Friday, insurgents kidnapped a senior Egyptian diplomat (Mohammed Mamdouh Qutb) in Baghdad, demanding Cairo rescind its pledge to provide Iraq with security expertise.

Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, who is in Damascus (Syria) today (Saturday), urged Egypt not to give in to the kidnappers' demands. He said the only way to defeat terrorists is to close ranks against them and bring them to justice.

Another group of militants holding three Kenyans, three Indians and an Egyptian are demanding compensation for families of those killed in clashes with U.S. forces in Fallujah.

Information for this report is provided by Reuters and AP.

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