Saturday, March 11, 2006

[18.30 GMT] Fears for hostage after killing (BBC News, UK): Concern grows for kidnapped British peace activist Norman Kember (pictured), after fellow Iraq hostage is found dead. Harmeet Singh Sooden and Jim Loney from Canada are also being held. Kipnappers Tortured Slain American Peace Worker, Iraq Says (New York Times, NY, United States). "Tom Fox, the kidnapped American peace advocate whose body was found this week, had apparently been tortured by his captors before being shot multiple times in the head and dumped on a trash heap next to a railway line in western Baghdad, an official at the Iraqi Interior Ministry said today." And in spite of CPT pleas not to use force or aggression on behalf of the captives, US troops raided households in the neighbourhood where the body was found. The overall situation is very grim indeed - but the vigils and calls for release of the remaining three go on.

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