posted on Jan, 22 2005 @ 08:59 PM
Insurgents in Iraq claimed to have released the eight Chinese laborers that had been taken hostage earlier in the month. A video released showed a man
with his head covered shaking hands with each of them as they were led out of the camera frame. The Chinese Embassy in Iraq has confirmed that they
have been freed, but has not been able to locate them.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Insurgents in Iraq said they released eight Chinese hostages on Saturday, as an Islamist militant group said it had shot dead 15
kidnapped Iraqi soldiers in continued violence ahead of this month's election.
A leader of Iraq's Shi'ite community said his supporters would not be drawn into civil war despite being targeted by mainly Sunni militants, and the
interim government announced extraordinary security measures for the Jan. 30 vote.
A video produced by insurgents and seen by Reuters showed the eight Chinese laborers kidnapped earlier this month standing or kneeling in the desert
holding their passports.
A man with his face covered by a traditional checkered headdress shook hands with each of them before they walked off camera. The speaker on the tape
said they were being released.
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This was a bit surprising in a few areas to me. I thought that China was not providing laborers in the Iraq area. This obviously was wrong, but given
thier lack of support for the war, perhaps it was just a foreign firm that had employed them to work there. The other is why they were released. I
doubt highly that China would do a deal with the insurgents and the Insurgents would not just let them go if such a deal was made. I am glad that they
were not killed however, but the behavior of the insurgents remains puzzling nonetheless.