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Militants in Iraq Free 4 Jordanians, 2 Turkish Truck Drivers - 2004-08-04


Militants in Iraq have freed four Jordanian and two Turkish truck drivers they had been holding hostage.

In Amman (Jordan), a relative of one of the four Jordanians told reporters that a local tribal chief in the Iraqi city of Fallujah had secured their release today (Wednesday).

He said the men are staying with the tribal chief, who is due to hand over the men to Jordanian diplomats in Baghdad later in the day.

Meanwhile, a militant group linked to Jordanian-born terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi freed two Turkish truck drivers it was holding hostage.

The Arab television network, Al Jazeera, broadcast a video, in which the militant group said the men were freed because the Turkish company they work for had agreed to stop doing business in Iraq.

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 some have been released.

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

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