Saudi firm will leave Iraq to save life

A Saudi transport company has told Aljazeera it will pull its operations from Iraq in a bid to save a captured Egyptian driver threatened with execution.

    Transport vehicles have been routinely attacked

    "We will withdraw our operation there to save the life of the hostage, our driver," Faisal al-Nahait, owner of Faisal al-Nahait Transport Company, where Muhammad al-Gharabawi has worked for eight years, told Aljazeera television.

    On 13 July, a purported Iraqi group said it would behead al-Gharabawi, who it seized a week earlier, unless the Saudi company pulled out of Iraq within 72 hours.

     

    Al-Gharabawi,

    in his 50s, was abducted while delivering petrol products to US forces in Iraq by a group claiming to be the the "legitimate Iraqi resistance", Aljazeera reported last week.

    Al-Nahait, had earlier claimed that unidentified callers had telephoned him several times since Wednesday demanding money.

    He urged Egyptian authorities to help secure the driver's freedom.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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