Archive for Thursday, December 31, 2009

Briton held for over 2 years in Iraq freed

December 31, 2009

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— A British contractor was freed Wednesday and in good health more than two years after he was abducted, apparently the only survivor of a group of five Britons abducted in a daring raid outside Iraq’s Finance Ministry in 2007.

His release came as a bombing in the country’s western Anbar province killed 23 people and narrowly missed the province’s governor. The high-profile attack in what used to be a stronghold of the insurgency was a sign of the tenuousness of the security in Iraq.

Computer consultant Peter Moore, who was handed over to Iraqi authorities Wednesday morning, was abducted in May 2007 along with his four British bodyguards. All the bodyguards are believed dead.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Moore, 36, was in good health at the British Embassy in Baghdad and would soon return to Britain.

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