Jordanian businessman freed in Iraq

A Jordanian businessman captured in Iraq has been released after the payment of $100,000 in ransom, the Foreign Ministry in Amman says.

    Abductions have become fairly common in Iraq

    Petra, the state-run news agency quoted ministry spokesman Rajab Sukairi as saying that the released businessman, Ibrahim Maharma, has now rejoined his family after being held captive for five days.

    "A brother of Ibrahim has informed the ministry that a ransom of $100,000 was paid to the kidnappers to free him," Sukairi said.

    The spokesman pointed out that Ibrahim's brother, Taha, was abducted in Iraq last year and was forced to pay $50,000 as ransom for his freedom.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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