Two German engineers reported kidnapped in Iraq

24th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 January 2006, BERLIN/BAGHDAD - Two German engineers were kidnapped by an unidentified group on Tuesday in Bayji, some 200 kilometres north- west of Baghdad, an Iraqi police source said.

24 January 2006

BERLIN/BAGHDAD - Two German engineers were kidnapped by an unidentified group on Tuesday in Bayji, some 200 kilometres north- west of Baghdad, an Iraqi police source said.

Muthana Ibrahim Megarras of the Bayji police said that a group of gunmen driving in two cars stormed the site of the Arab Company for Cleaning where the two Germans worked and abducted them.

In Berlin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: "We have reports that two Germans could have been kidnapped in Iraq."

He said the foreign ministry had set up a crisis committee to deal with the case and that he was being kept informed of latest developments.

"We will do everything in our power ... to get them out alive and unharmed," said Steinmeier.

Asked about reports the German government paid some 5 million dollars to win the freedom of a German archaeologist kidnapped in Iraq last month and whether this might have encouraged a copycat crime, Steinmeier gave a terse reply: "Not the paying of a ransom but rather the (media) reports of a ransom being paid."

DPA

Subject: German news

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