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Fate of four hostages in Iraq unknown as deadline passes

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Fate of four hostages in Iraq unknown as deadline passes

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A candle-lit vigil has been held in Munich for a German archaeologist taken hostage in Iraq over two weeks ago. Susanne Osthoff was snatched with her Iraqi driver. The kidnappers threaten to kill her unless the German government cuts all its ties with Iraq’s government.

The fate of four western peace workers who have also been abducted in Iraq remains unknown as a deadline set for their killing passed yesterday. A group calling itself Swords of Truth is holding the two Canadians, a Briton and an American. It is demanding the release of thousands of prisoners held in Iraqi jails. Senior muslim leaders around the world are demanding the mens release. Earlier this week, a rally was held for the peace activists in the West Bank city of Nablus. Palestinian protesters and religious leaders called on the kidnappers to show mercy, reminding them that their hostages oppose the US intervention in Iraq.