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Saturday, January 28, 2006

 

AP: Iraq Abductors Threaten 4 Christian Peace Activists - Jan. 28

Associated Press -- 5 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The kidnappers of four Christian peace activists threatened to kill them unless all Iraqi prisoners are released from Iraqi and U.S. prisons, according to a new tape broadcast Saturday.

Al-Jazeera TV aired a tape dated Jan. 21 showing the four workers — two Canadians, an American and a Briton — from the Chicago-based Christian Peacemaker Teams, who disappeared Nov. 26. The previously unknown Swords of Righteous Bridges claimed responsibility for kidnapping them.

The news reader said the group issued a statement with the tape saying it was the "last chance" for U.S. and Iraqi authorities to "release all Iraqi prisoners in return of freeing the hostages, otherwise their fate will be death."  No deadline was set.

Canadian hostages James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32; Tom Fox, 54, of Clear Brook, Va., and Norman Kember, 74, of London, had been warned repeatedly by Iraqi and Western security officials before being abducted that they were taking a grave risk by moving around Baghdad without bodyguards.

Iraqi soldiers search a vehicle at a random checkpoint in central Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006. Sunni Arab leaders on Saturday condemned recent large-scale crackdowns launched by police on Sunni neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital and demanded government protection from further raids. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraqi soldiers search a vehicle at a random checkpoint, right, in central Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006. Sunni Arab leaders on Saturday condemned recent large-scale crackdowns launched by police on Sunni neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital and demanded government protection from further raids. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
 
Full AP-Yahoo News story.
 
Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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