The government said Monday it was investigating reports that members of a London-based radical Islamic group have been in contact with militants holding a British hostage in Iraq to urge his release. The Times newspaper and British Broadcasting Corp. radio reported that the Islamic Observation Centre led by Yasser al-Sirri — who is accused by the United States of sponsoring terrorism in Afghanistan — has been in touch through mediators with the kidnappers of Kenneth Bigley. “We were told by the mediators that the British hostage is still alive,” the Times quoted al-Sirri as saying. “We had sent an appeal to the kidnappers for the hostage’s release. Another Islamic group also sent an appeal and the mediators said the appeals were being studied.”Full Story
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