Iraqi kidnappers have freed up to 12 foreigners taken hostage, a member of the Governing Council said Monday.
Meanwhile, two American soldiers and seven employees of American contractor Kellogg, Brown & Root were missing following an attack "two days ago" on a convoy near Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez said Monday. He refused to say whether they had been abducted or killed.
In an interview with Al-Jazeera TV, Governing Council member Mohsen Abdul-Hamid did not identify the nationalities of the hostages or where they were.
"12 foreign hostages have been released today and we hope that the rest of the hostages will be freed soon," said Abdul-Hamid, who is also the chief of the Iraqi Islamic Party.
Earlier, Muthanna Harith, spokesman for Islamic Clerics Committee, said nine hostages of various nationalities were released, including Turks and Pakistanis. (Albawaba.com)
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