Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Deputy oil minister released

(Reuters) - Kidnapped Iraqi Deputy Oil Minister Abdul Jabbar al-Wagga was freed on Tuesday along with three other oil officials, a spokesman for the Oil Ministry said. "He is in good health along with the others. They are now at home," said the spokesman, Asim Jihad.
Wagga and four other officials were kidnapped on Aug. 14 by a large group of gunmen who stormed the state oil marketing organisation's building. One of the officials was freed a few days later, but Wagga and three others were held until Tuesday, the spokesman said. Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani has said as many as 100 gunmen had carried out the attack, carrying "sophisticated weapons" and wearing official uniforms. He described the kidnapping as political.

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