Abducted NRI's kin appeal to captors
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Abducted NRI's kin appeal to captors

Harmeet Singh Sooden, an Indo-Canadian, was taken hostage in November in Baghdad.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2005 10:56 IST

The parents of Harmeet Singh Sooden - a Canadian of Indian origin who was one of the four peace workers taken hostage in November in Baghdad - have taped another appeal for abductors to release their son and three other captives.

According to Canadian Press, the family has recorded another broadcast message for the captors to be sent out to the media.

Besides 32-year-old Sooden, the other three hostages are Canadian James Loney, 41, Briton Norman Kember, 74, and American Tom Fox, 54.

A little known group calling itself the Swords of Righteousness Brigade had kidnapped them on November 26.

The captors threatened to execute them unless all Iraqi prisoners in the country were released.

The Sooden family's earlier appeals failed to secure the release of the hostages, though it appears that the death threats have not been carried out so far.

Sooden, like the other three, belonged to the group called Christian Peacemakers Team that had been active in Baghdad for sometime, focusing on civilian deaths and the plight of ordinary Iraqis since the US invasion.

Sooden is a Canadian electrical engineer from Montreal. He studied at McGill University and is now working on a Masters degree in English literature in Auckland University in New Zealand to prepare for a teaching career.

First Published: Dec 27, 2005 10:56 IST