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Eight Former Chinese Hostages Leaving Iraq for Home


Eight Chinese laborers who were held hostage by Iraqi militants for five days last week are on their way home .

The group flew out of Baghdad earlier Tuesday, accompanied by several Chinese diplomats. After a brief stop in Amman, Jordan, they will fly on to Beijing.

The eight men were driving to Jordan when they were kidnapped last Tuesday. The kidnappers released a video threatening to kill the Chinese workers if Beijing did not explain why they were in Iraq.

The laborers were turned over to a Chinese embassy official at a mosque in Ramdi on Sunday. The insurgents said they released the men after Beijing promised to discourage its citizens from traveling to Iraq.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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