September 13, 2004

Two Australians Kidnapped: 24 Hour Ultimatum Given

Finally, these guys think of a name which actually describes them. They call themselves the 'Horror Brigade'. Yup, that pretty much sums it up.

UPDATE 9/14: Could this be a hoax? Or maybe this is just a case of all infidels look alike.

Two Australians have reportedly been kidnapped in Iraq and threatened with execution.

A statement, purportedly from the militant Islamic Secret Army, gave the Federal Government a 24-hour deadline to pull its troops out of Iraq.

Handed out in the Sunni Muslim insurgent bastion of Samarra, the statement claimed the Australians and two men from east Asia had been kidnapped.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said: "We are moving heaven and earth to get more information".

The first reports of the kidnapping emerged in Australia about 10.30pm (SA time).

The statement from the so-called Horror Brigades read: "One of our brave brigades ambushed civilian cars belonging to the American army on the motorway from Baghdad to (the main northern city of) Mosul.

"It took four prisoners, two Australians and two east Asian nationals who were working as security contractors for important people," it said. "We tell the infidels of Australia that they have 24 hours to leave Iraq or the two Australians will be killed without a second chance."

Australia took part in last year's US-led move into Iraq and still has 850 troops in the country.

"The (Australian) Prime Minister must announce the withdrawal personally if he is concerned about his two citizens," the statement said.

The self-styled Horror Brigades calls itself the northern armed wing of the Secret Islamic Army.

A unit of this group, the Holders of the Black Banners, claimed the execution of two Pakistani hostages in late July.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:06 PM | Comments |