Indonesia seeks release of women hostages in Iraq

Jakarta was preparing a crisis team to try to secure the release of two Indonesian women seized by Islamic militants in Iraq but said it had made no decision on whether it would negotiate with kidnappers. The capture of the women, who were pictured wearing Islamic headscarves in a video shot by the militants and aired on Arabic television, has caused surprise and consternation in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-populated country. Foreign ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa said Rosidah binti Anom and Rafikan binti Amin, who were working for a British company, had been captured by a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq. Full Story

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