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An armed group has taken a Turk hostage in Iraq and is threatening to behead him unless his firm and other Turkish companies cooperating with US occupation troops pull out within two days.

Last Modified: 04 Sep 2004 15:45 GMT
Many Turkish drivers have been captured and killed

An armed group has taken a Turk hostage in Iraq and is threatening to behead him unless his firm and other Turkish companies cooperating with US occupation troops pull out within two days.

A speaker for the captors, the Islamic Resistance Movement - Noman Brigades, said driver Medhat Chiwi would be killed unless his firm and a Kuwaiti company with which it works stop ferrying supplies to US forces in Iraq.

The group made their demand in a video aired by Al-Arabiya TV on Saturday.

"We ask the two companies to desist from these operations, [whose punishment is] beheading. We also warn all Turkish companies cooperating with occupation forces to pull out immediately," the speaker said. 

An elderly bearded man was shown in the video, with a banner carrying the group's name in the background. Three hooded armed men were briefly shown.

Source:
AFP
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