It is reported an Italian working for a non-governmental organisation has been kidnapped in Iraq. The Italian news agency Ansa reports the man works for a British NGO. The news came on the day that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi met US President Bush in Washington.
Officials in Rome say they are checking reports of the kidnapping, and also reports that a photograph showing a body and an Italian passport has been discovered in Baghdad. So far this year, seven Italians have been taken hostage in Iraq.Two women aid workers were released after being held for three weeks in September. Two others were killed by their captors. Italy has some 3,000 troops in Iraq, the third biggest contingent after the US and Britain.