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From: NEWS.com.au: Iraqi PM's cousins kidnapped
THREE members of Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's family have been kidnapped by gunmen, a spokesman for the Iraqi interim government said today.
A first cousin of the Prime Minister, the cousin's wife and another family member were seized from their home in Baghdad yesterday morning, spokesman Georges Sada said.
He gave no further details on the circumstances of their abduction, but a police source said there had been a short gun battle at the home in a south-western district of the capital before the people were seized
From: ABC News Online: Islamists threaten to kill Allawi's relatives
An hitherto unknown Islamist group said it abducted three relatives of Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and would kill them in 48 hours if his interim Government did not halt a US-led assault on Fallujah and free prisoners.
"If the agent government does not meet our demands within 48 hours we will behead them," the group calling itself Ansar al-Jihad [Holy War Followers] said in a statement dated Wednesday and posted on a website used by Islamists.
Its authenticity could not be immediately verified.
From: Guardian: Allawi relatives kidnapped
"This is yet another criminal act by terrorists and will not thwart the determination of the government to combat terrorism," the government said in a brief statement.
In its statement, Ansar al-Jihad demanded the release of all Iraqi prisoners, a demand similar to those made by other militant groups.
Referring to the holy month of Ramadan, it said: "With the help of God in this holy month, a unit of Ansar al-Jihad kidnapped three relatives of head of the Iraqi agents, Allawi. May God burn him and slaughter him."
Originally posted by LazerLordz
If they harm his cousins, he will harm their families.Tit for tat, sadly.
From: Scotsman: Allawi's Relatives Freed by Kidnappers
Kidnappers have released two women relatives of Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, two pan-Arab satellite channels broadcast today.
But the Iraqi government said it had no knowledge of the release.
Al-Jazeera TV, which is based in Qatar, quoted unidentified sources as saying the two women were freed in Baqouba, central Iraq.
Al-Arabiya, which is based in Dubai, reported that unidentified government officials had confirmed the women’s release.
Both channels said Ghazi Allawi was still a hostage.