Video shows Chinese captives in Iraq | News | Al Jazeera

Video shows Chinese captives in Iraq

Captors have released footage of eight Chinese captives held in Iraq and threatened to execute them unless Beijing clarifies its role in Iraq within 48 hours.

    The eight Chinese were seized on the main highway to Jordan

    The Chinese embassy in Baghdad confirmed that eight construction workers from the southern province of Fujian had been seized last week on the main highway from Iraq to Jordan, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.

    In a tape aired by Aljazeera, which showed the captives being guarded by two hooded armed men, the captors charged that their captives had "worked with US forces in Iraq".

    "We ask the Chinese government to clarify its position towards those and other Chinese who have entered Iraq to help occupation forces," a captor was heard saying as the eight men held up identity documents.

     

    "We ask the Chinese government to clarify its position towards those and other Chinese who have entered Iraq to help occupation forces"

    Captors' message in videotape of seized Chinese workers

    The captors have so far not been identified.

    Embassy staff said they were making all efforts to rescue the seized men, Xinhua reported.

    Beijing opposed the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, but has pledged $25 million towards rebuilding efforts and has described landmark elections due later this month as "an important step forward".

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.