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Brazil Appeals for Release of Iraq Hostage

Brazil's United Nations Ambassador has called for international help in obtaining the release of a Brazilian civil engineer being held hostage in Iraq.

Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg said he has received no information from the Army of Ansar al-Sunna, which released a video claiming responsibility for the January 19 ambush and kidnapping of Joao Jose Vasconcellos.

Mr. Sardenberg appealed to anyone who can help free Mr. Vasconcellos, who was working for a Brazilian construction company in the northern city of Beiji at the time of the abduction.

The Norberto Odebrecht construction firm he worked for confirmed two security workers, a Briton and an Iraqi, were killed in the January ambush.

Brazil opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq, and has not contributed troops to the coalition forces in the country.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.