COMBINED PRESS INFORMATION CENTER
January 27, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-
8 HOSTAGES RESCUED, 9 TERRORISTS DETAINED IN ARAB JABOUR
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces rescued eight Iraqi citizens who had been tortured while being held hostage in Arab Jabour Wednesday. During the same operation, ground forces also detained nine terrorist suspects while conducting a raid targeting a vehicle-borne improvised explosives devices network.
According to the hostages who were tied up and hidden in an underground bunker, they were tortured, beaten, deprived of food and water and told they were being held for ransom. One of the hostages reported he had been held hostage for 50 days, and another for 47 days. Another hostage indicated the terrorists had captured other Iraqis and tortured them before receiving ransom payments.
Ground forces stated the hostages were very afraid for their safety and looked as if they had been physically abused and severely mistreated.
Military medical personnel provided on-scene first aid to the liberated hostages after which Coalition Forces transported the men to a medical facility for further treatment. Seven of the men have since been released to their families; the eighth hostage, who had been held for 50 days and had to be carried out of the bunker, is currently undergoing medical treatment and will be released to his family.
While searching the scene, Coalition Forces found 10 caches consisting of IED-producing materials, multiple shotgun shells, mortar primers, machine guns, military-style uniforms and boots.
Coalition Forces will continue to work closely with Iraqi officials to ensure terrorists and those who commit crimes against the Iraqi people are brought to justice under the Iraqi justice system.