German kidnap victim released, son still held

11th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

11 July 2007, Berlin (dpa) - A German woman kidnapped six months ago in Iraq has been released, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Wednesday.

11 July 2007

Berlin (dpa) - A German woman kidnapped six months ago in Iraq has been released, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Wednesday.

However, 62-year-old Hannelore Krause's 20-year-old Iraq-born son Sinan remained in the hands of the kidnappers, Steinmeier said.

Speaking on the Arab satellite television Al-Arabija following her release Tuesday, Krause said her kidnappers had treated her well and called on them to release her son.

Krause, who is married to an Iraqi doctor, is now at the German embassy in Baghdad after 155 days in the hands of Iraqi extremists.

Since seizing Krause and her son from their Baghdad apartment on February 6, the self-styled Arrows of Righteousness group had on two occasions threatened to kill the hostages unless German troops were withdrawn from Afghanistan.

Krause and Sinan appeared in two videos appealing to the German government for help and to act on their kidnappers' demands.

Steinmeier did not provide any details surrounding Krause's release, including whether any ransom had been paid to the kidnappers. She has lived in Iraq for 40 years.

While expressing relief at her release, the foreign minister said all efforts would now be directed at securing as quickly as possible her son's freedom.

"We are relieved that Mrs Krause is now free, but are worried about the fate of her son, who is still in captivity," said Steinmeier. The son holds dual German and Iraqi citizenship.

Three other German nationals who had held hostage in Iraq have been released over the last two years.


DPA

Subject: German news

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