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Iraqi Police: Lebanese-American Contractor Abducted in Baghdad


Iraqi police say a Lebanese-American contractor has been kidnapped from his Baghdad home. Authorities say the man was seized from his home in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Mansour late Tuesday. Further information was not available.

Meanwhile, the kidnappers of aid worker Margaret Hassan are reportedly threatening to turn her over to a group led by militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi unless Britain withdraws its troops from Iraq.

The Arabic language television network al-Jazeera says the kidnappers are giving Britain 48 hours to meet their demands. The Zarqawi group has executed a number of western and Asian hostages.

Ms. Hassan, who works for CARE International, was kidnapped from the charity's Baghdad office October 19.