Friday, 23 December 2005

Susanne Osthoff: Iraq archaeologist's release

Further to the post joining the appeal for the release of the German archaeologist's Susanne Osthoff, who was kidnapped by insurgents in Iraq, I'm happy to update, belatedly, that she has, indeed, been released.

The BBC noted her freedom, then summarised that, "Ms Osthoff, 43, and her Iraqi driver were seized in north-western Iraq by unidentified attackers on 25 November. They threatened to kill Ms Osthoff - who is an archaeologist and an aid worker - and demanded that Germany cut ties with Iraq's government."

The BBC observed that, "there is still no news of UK hostage Norman Kember and three other westerners [Canadians James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden and American Tom Fox] seized last month." They finished by noting that, "it was not immediately clear if the Iraqi driver had also been released". Now, it only remains to appeal once more for their freedom.

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