Western civilians kidnapped in Iraq

Several Western security contractors have been kidnapped in southern Iraq

    Convoys in Iraq often come under attack

    A British military spokesman said that UK troops had killed two gunmen in a raid near the border town of Safwan, close to where the convoy was attacked after crossing from Kuwait.
     
    But the spokesman said that raid was not related to the search for the missing foreigners.
     
    Convoy attacked
     
    The four Americans and one Austrian had been guarding a large convoy that was travelling northwards from the Kuwaiti border.
     
    The convoy was being operated by the Crescent Security Group, a company that works mostly in Iraq and has its operations based in Kuwait.
     
    Many of its managers and employees are American. A spokesman on Friday declined to comment, saying that officials from the group were discussing the situation.
     
    Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Garver, a US military spokesman in Baghdad, earlier confirmed that a convoy was attacked in the southern region of Iraq, but he provided no other details.
     
    Later in Baghdad, a spokeswoman for the US military would only confirm that "an incident occurred at a checkpoint", saying the military would probably provide more information later.
     
    A spokesman for Britain's defence ministry said that no British civilians or military forces were attacked or taken hostage during the hijacking.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.