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Zarkawi's Militants Kidnap A Somali Truck Driver in Iraq : Al-Jazeera - 2004-07-29


The Arabic television station Al-Jazeera reports abductors in Iraq linked to terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarkawi have kidnapped a Somali truck driver.

The station broadcast a videotape showing three masked and armed militants standing behind a seated man waving his passport.

The report said the abductors are threatening to kill the captive if the Kuwaiti company he works for does not pull out of Iraq. The company was not identified.

It was not clear when the Somali man was abducted.

Wednesday, Al-Jazeera reported abductors in Iraq had killed two Pakistani hostages. But it did not broadcast a videotape it recieved showing the bodies.

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said (today / Thursday) his nation was shocked at the killing of the two Pakistani contract workers.

Pakistan does not have troops in Iraq. But President Musharraf remains a key ally in the U.S. -led war on terrorism.

In recent months, militants have kidnapped dozens of foreigners in Iraq and demanded their countries and companies stop helping the U.S.-led coalition. Several of the hostages have been beheaded, and others have been released.

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

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