Kidnapped oil workers released for $500,000 ransom

After negotiations between the Iraqi government and kidnappers – held at a luxury hotel in Basra – four oil workers were freed from more than a month of captivity.
Kidnapped oil workers released for $500,000 ransom
A view of the grounds of the Basra International Hotel. (BEN VAN HEUVELEN/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - Four kidnapped oil workers were released Monday, ending more than a month in captivity, after their captors were paid a $500,000 ransom.

The victims – two Iraqis, one Palestinian, and one Lebanese – are employees of the Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) who had been working near the Rumaila oil field, at the company's pipeline fabrication plant. Driving together on May 13, near the village of Um Uneji, they were stopped at a fake checkpoint and abducted.

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