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Two men abducted in southern Iraq: Officials

An Iraqi official in Basra said two foreigners were missing and that security forces were searching the city and its outskirts to find them.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 13:49 IST
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Two men, believed to be foreigners, have been kidnapped near the southern Iraqi city of Basra, British military and local security officials said on Saturday.

"Two men have been abducted from Basra on February 16," British military spokesman Squadron Leader Mark Alker told the agency.

"We do not know their nationalities and have no other details about them. The investigation is being done by the police," he added.

An Iraqi security official in Basra said two foreigners were missing and that security forces were searching the city and its outskirts to find them.

"The two foreigners left Basra airport, but did not reach their company in Al-Shaibah after which their company called police," the official said, adding that the search for the missing men was ongoing.

In the last few months, Iraq has seen a surge in hostage-taking, many seized for ransom.

The most recent, sensational case also occurred on Thursday, when Ghalib Kubba, one of the wealthiest men in Iraq, and his son were seized from their Baghdad home after their captors shot dead their five bodyguards.