Iraq: 3-day deadline set for Jordanian hostage

December 24, 2005 20:28

Militants in Iraq released a video of a Jordanian hostage on Saturday, threatening to kill the man in three days unless Jordan cuts ties with the Baghdad government and frees a female would-be suicide bomber involved in November attacks in Amman. The video, aired on the Al-Arabiya satellite channel, showed Mahmoud Suleiman Saidat, a driver for the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad who was snatched on Tuesday by gunmen. Saidat read a statement while sitting on the floor, surrounded by three armed men. "I ask the Jordanian government to withdraw its diplomatic mission from Iraq and not to cooperate with this illegitimate government (in Baghdad)," he said. A banner hanging in the background identified Saidat's kidnappers as the previously unknown group, the Hawk Brigades.

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