Six wounded in blast as Jordanian firm quits Iraq in order to secure release of employees
A blast Tuesday damaged a house outside Fallujah and wounded six Iraqis, hospital officials said. The blast hit a home in the village of Niemieyah, south of the city, The AP reported.
The blast Tuesday injured three women, including two who were in serious condition, two men and a child, said Dr. Thaer Abdullah of Fallujah General Hospital.
Meanwhile, a Jordanian firm working for the U.S. military in Iraq decided Tuesday to withdraw from the occupied country, complying with demands of kidnappers threatening to kill two employees.
The Amman-based firm Daoud and Partners, which provided construction and catering services for the US Army, said it would comply with the demands of the kidnappers, who threatened to kill the two employees, Fayez Saad al-Udwan and Mohammad Ahmed Salama al-Manaya'a, by Thursday unless the company leaves Iraq.
"I am ceasing operations and pulling out from the company's facilities in Iraq for humanitarian reasons, and out of my concern for the safety and the lives of my two employees who were kidnapped in Iraq," the company's director Rami al-Ouweiss told The Associated Press.
Earlier Tuesday, a group of male relatives of the two Jordanians gathered outside the company's offices in Amman and threatened to behead al-Ouweiss and kill all the staff unless the kidnappers' demands were met. (albawaba.com)
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