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Russian hostages released in Iraq

Two Russian hostages captured in Iraq earlier this month have been released in Baghdad. The pair, who were employed by a Russian energy company, were freed on the southern outskirts of the capital. Andrei Meshcheryakov, 33, and Alexander Gordiyenko, 27, were said to be in good health after their ordeal. Gunmen kidnapped the pair – employees of Interenergoservis – on 10 May in an ambush near Baghdad, in which one of their colleagues was killed. They were snatched as they were returning from work at a power station near Baghdad. A videotape broadcast on Sunday by the Arabic satellite TV channel al-Jazeera had shown the two hostages apparently in good health. Full Story

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