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Japanese, Koreans taken hostage in Iraq
Thursday 08 April 2004, 18:31 Makka Time, 15:31 GMT
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Aljazeera television has aired a videotape showing three Japanese citizens captured by a previously unknown Iraqi group that vowed to kill them if Tokyo does not withdraw its troops from Iraq.
One of the hostages being held by the Saraya al-Mujahadin is a woman, the television said on Thursday.
The Qatar-based television aired a soundless video of the trio and their passports, adding that an accompanying statement had given Tokyo three days to meet its demands.
Aljazeera read a statement which it said the group addressed to "the friendly people of Japan".
"We are the sons of Muslim Iraqi people. We were friends and on good terms. Why did you betray us and support the US forces which have violated our soil, our sacred places and land and shed the blood of our children?
It is unclear where the hostages
are being held
"It is time to retaliate. Three of your nationals are now in our custody and you have either to withdraw or we will burn them alive. The time limit is three days from the date of broadcasting the videotape," said the statement.
A Japanese government spokesman said Tokyo has no plans to withdraw its troops and demanded the immediate release of its citizens.
Japan's NHK television identified them as two journalists and an aid worker.
The captives were named as as Noriaki Imai, Soichiro Koriyama and Nahoko Takato.
Imai, an aid worker, had left for Iraq on 1 April, NHK reported.
Earlier a senior MP from Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party
told the Kyodo News Agency that he had been told by the government that three Japanese had been detained in Iraq.
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has been one of the strongest backers of the US-led invasion of Iraq, a stance that has raised concern over Japanese troops being targeted.
Japan has sent 550 troops to the southern town of Samawa on a non-combat mission. It is Tokyo's riskiest military deployment since World War Two and critics also say it violates the country's pacifist constitution.
Noriaki Imai is an aid worker who
arrived in Iraq one week ago
No Japanese soldier has fired a shot in action or been
killed in combat since 1945 and casualties could undermine
support for Koizumi's government ahead of Upper House elections in July.
A spokesman for Japan's Foreign Ministry, Shinichi Yano, said the government was still trying to confirm the reports.
Seven South Koreans are also being held after being kidnapped by armed men near Baghdad on Thursday, said Seoul's foreign ministry.
One female captive escaped, said the ministry in a statement.
The identity of the group and whereabouts of the Koreans were not known, it said. Kim Sang-mee, who escaped the gunmen, told South Korea's MBC TV that several Iraqis armed men dressed like civilians stopped cars and took away the rest of her group, which had been on its way to Baghdad from Jordan.
The South Korean government has asked the Iraqi foreign
ministry and US authorities in the country help to find the
US-ally South Korea has 600 military engineers and medics
in Iraq and plans to send 3,000 more for reconstruction.
The incident took place after two South Koreans were released on Tuesday after they were detained for 14 hours by Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr's militiamen.
More foreigners captured
In other news, one Arab-Israeli and another Arab have also been captured in Iraq, reported Israeli media on Thursday.
Iraq is becoming increasingly
dangerous for foreigners
In footage from Iranian television that was rebroadcast on Israeli television, the men identified themselves as Nabil Razuk, 30, and Ahmad Yasin Tikati, 33. They identified themselves as aid workers.
Antoine Razuk said his nephew, who has an Israeli citizenship and lives in occupied East Jerusalem, was working with the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
It was unclear whether Tikati was also Israeli. The Israeli Mossad security service is overseeing the investigation into
the report, reported Israeli security sources.
Meanwhile, a British civilian was kidnapped this week in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya, the scene of heavy fighting between al-Sadr militiamen and Italian troops, said an occupation official on Thursday.
The official named the man as Gary Teeley, a British contractor.
A Foreign Office official in London confirmed that Teeley
was missing, but would not say what he was doing in Iraq or
comment on the manner of his disappearance.
"He is missing. We were first made aware of this on Monday,
April 5. We are in touch with his next of kin and the
appropriate military and civilian authorities," said a spokeswoman.
British media said Teeley, 37, was said to be a resident in the Middle East and had been working at a US airbase.
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