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American contractor released

world Updated: Mar 29, 2010 01:03 IST

The Shiite militant group that freed a kidnapped US military contractor in Iraq claimed on Sunday that the American was freed in exchange for its jailed members in US and Iraqi custody.

Assaeb Ahel al-Haq, or League of the Righteous, said that Issa T Salomi, a 60-year-old of Iraqi origin who worked as an interpreter for the US army, was freed in the past couple of days.

“The group released Salomi according to a deal with the US army to release several of our leaders who were in US and Iraqi custody,” an official from the group told AFP.

“The issue was resolved two days ago, Salomi was released and in return a couple of Assaeb Ahel al-Haq members were released. They were detained in Iraqi and American prisons,” he added.