French photographer freed after Fallujah kidnap

25th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

FALLUJAH, Iraq, Oct 23 (AFP) - A French freelance photographer was briefly abducted Saturday in the Iraqi rebel bastion of Fallujah, but was freed later in the day, the consultative council in the city said.

FALLUJAH, Iraq, Oct 23 (AFP) - A French freelance photographer was briefly abducted Saturday in the Iraqi rebel bastion of Fallujah, but was freed later in the day, the consultative council in the city said.  

"The journalist arrived this morning in Fallujah and was abducted at the entrance to the city by an armed group," a representative of the city's Shura (consultative) Council, a group of local notables, told AFP.  

"The people of the council managed to obtain his liberation... He was offered to return to Baghdad or to stay in Fallujah, but he decided to stay," the official said.  

According to a report by Al-Arabiya television, the French freelance photographer, named Corentin Florier, was abducted Saturday morning, along with an Iraqi taxi driver, but both were freed following intervention by the council.  

The Fallujah Shura Council located his whereabouts and sent a group of seven men who secured his and his driver's release, the television said.  

"He will be handed over at the appropriate time and he is now free and secure in a Fallujah house," the group reportedly said, without making clear to whom he would be "handed over."  

Two French journalists have been held hostage in Iraq, along with their Syrian driver, for more than two months.  

Christian Chesnot, of Radio France International, and Georges Malbrunot, of Le Figaro newspaper, were abducted south of Baghdad on August 20 with driver Mohammed al-Jundi.

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