Western captives shown on TV

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Since Friday, however, 11 foreigners, including an American, have been abducted. Six were Iranian pilgrims – though Iranian television said all were later released. On Tuesday, Al-Jazeera broadcast video of the four peace activists held by a previously unknown group calling itself the Swords of Righteousness Brigade. The group claimed its hostages were spies working under the cover of Christian peace activists. The captives – the American, a Briton and two Canadians – were members of the Chicago-based aid group Christian Peacemaker Teams. The footage showed Norman Kember, a retired British professor with a shock of white hair, sitting on the floor with three other men. The camera revealed the 74-year-old Kember’s passport, but the other hostages were not identified. However, Christian Peacemaker Teams confirmed that the others were Tom Fox, 54, of Clearbrook, Va.; James Loney, 41, of Toronto; and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, a Canadian electrical engineer. It said they had been missing since Saturday. BAGHDAD, Iraq – After a months-long hiatus in the kidnapping of foreigners, television footage once again showed Westerners held captive: A German archaeologist – bound and blindfolded – knelt among masked gunmen in one video and four frightened peace activists were shown in another blurry tape. The latest attacks are part of a new wave of kidnappings police fear is aimed at disrupting next month’s national elections. There was other violence Tuesday: Two American soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad, a Sunni cleric was assassinated as he left a mosque, and a suicide car bomber killed eight Iraqi soldiers and wounded five. But while assassinations and car bombings have raged on, abductions of foreigners had fallen off in Iraq as most Westerners fled the country or took refuge in heavily guarded compounds. In a statement, Christian Peacemaker Teams said it strongly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and blamed the kidnapping on coalition forces. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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