BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Seven Chinese nationals abducted in Iraq have
been released late Monday night in Iraq, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesman here Tuesday morning.
Their physical and spiritual conditions are generally
stable, said the spokesman.
Released at midnight of Monday in Iraq (in the small
hours of Tuesday morning in Beijing), the seven Chinese nationals, all male,
have arrived in a temporary residence in Baghdad, capital of Iraq, the spokesman
Sun Bigan, head of the team responsible for the
re-establishment of the Chinese Embassy in Baghdad, immediately conveyed cares
from Chinese President Hu Jintao and other Chinese leaders to all the seven men.
Details of the release have
yet to know, the spokesman said.
Soon after the kidnapping, President Hu Jintao had
instructed the Foreign Ministry and the team responsible for the
re-establishment of the Chinese Embassy in Baghdad to take utmost efforts to
ensure the safe rescue of the seven hostages, accordingto sources with the
The seven Chinese nationals were kidnapped by armed
men in Fallujah, west of Baghdad on Sunday after they entered Iraq via Jordan.
The seven people, aged from 18 to 49, were from east China's Fujian Province,
Chinese diplomats in Baghdad said.
In response to President Hu's
instruction, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has taken every necessary measure to
rescue the abducted men.
Sun Bigan called an emergency meeting and formed a
special taskforce for rescue work.
Sun called the newly-appointed interim Iraqi Interior
Minister,and asked the minister to take every necessary measure to determine the
identity of the kidnappers, the location of hostages,and to rescue the seven
under the precondition of ensuring their safety.
The Chinese diplomats also contacted officials of the interim Iraqi governing body to help in the rescue of the seven. Enditem