Iraq: Employees of kidnapped US contractor dead

Two Iraqis, who were abducted Friday with an American contractor, had been found dead near a stadium in the center of the southern Iraqi city, police said. "The two victims were the translator and a driver," said a Basra police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. Basra police chief, Gen. Muhammad Humadi, confirmed that a US citizen had been kidnapped and said he was an American of Iraqi origin. The contractor's name and the company for which he worked were not known.