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Egypt Says Diplomat Freed By Iraq Militants - 2004-07-27


An Egyptian diplomat in Iraq says he has been freed after being abducted on Friday.

Mohammed Mamdouh Qutb said late Monday he is in good health and at the Egyptian mission in Baghdad. The diplomat was abducted Friday in the Iraqi capital by militants who demanded that Cairo not provide Iraq with security expertise.

Earlier Monday, militants kidnapped two Jordanian drivers and, in a videotaped statement, threatened to kill them in 72 hours unless the drivers' Jordanian employer stops doing business in Iraq.

In another video, captors of seven foreign truck drivers extended for an unspecified period a deadline of Monday for their demands to be met. The militants say they want the drivers' Kuwaiti employer stop doing business in Iraq.

Still another militant group released a video saying it holds two Pakistanis hostage, and an Iraqi driver. The group threatened to kill the Pakistanis, who Islamabad said disappeared Friday.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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