Hostage Released In Iraq
7 September 2005 -- The U.S. military say coalition forces have freed a U.S. contractor kidnapped in Iraq in November.
The statement added that information given by an Iraqi detainee in U.S. custody had led to the rescue.
Meanwhile, a spokesman, Peter Mitchell, for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said a roadside bomb exploded near a passing convoy of U.S. security guards in the southern city of Al-Basrah, killing four contractors.
All four were worked for a private security firm supporting the regional U.S. Embassy office in Al-Basrah.
In separate attacks in the capital, police said a top Iraqi Defense Ministry official, Major General Hadi Hassan Omran and another official of the Interior Ministry, Colonel Ammar Ismail Arkan, were shot dead.
Iraqis meanwhile observed a minute's silence in commemoration of last week's bridge stampede disaster in Baghdad where nearly 1,000 people died.
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