France sends condolences to Nepalesehostage families

1st September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 1 (AFP) - France on Wednesday offered its "saddest condolences" to the families of 12 Nepalese hostages murdered in Iraq, as Paris awaited news of two French journalists also being held captive there.

PARIS, Sept 1 (AFP) - France on Wednesday offered its "saddest condolences" to the families of 12 Nepalese hostages murdered in Iraq, as Paris awaited news of two French journalists also being held captive there.  

The French government "assures the Nepalese authorities and people of its solidarity and sympathy," said foreign ministry spokeswoman Cecile Pozzo di Borgo.  

Islamic militants released a grisly video Tuesday showing the killing of 12 Nepalese workers in Iraq, the largest single massacre of hostages since the start of the US-led war there last year.  

Two French journalists, Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, have been held hostage since August 20 by a shadowy group called the Islamic Army in Iraq, which has demanded that Paris rescind a ban on headscarves in schools.

 

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