There has been a happy ending to a hostage drama for three Westerners in Iraq.Briton Norman Kember and two Canadian colleagues were freed in an operation by multinational forces. Rescued from a house in western Baghdad, the trio are members of a Christian peace group. Their liberation has been welcomed by its co-director Doug Pritchard. “Christian Peacemaker Teams rejoices with their families and their friends at the expectation of their return to their loved ones and their communities,” he said, speaking in Toronto.
“Together, we have endured uncertainty, hope, fear, grief and now joy during the four months since they were abducted in Baghdad.” Vigils had been held for the release of the men who are said to be “in good shape.” A fourth activist, American Tom Fox, who was seized with them, was found shot dead in the Iraqi capital, earlier this month.