Lebanese Hostage Freed in Iraq, Dad Says

A Lebanese businessman was freed Tuesday after about one week in captivity in Iraq, his father said.

Robert Antoun said his son Antoine Antoun (search) contacted him from the Iraqi capital, saying he was safe and in good health. He said he was released Tuesday and would return to Lebanon (search) later in the week.

The younger Antoun, who worked in a dairy factory in Iraq, was snatched by gunmen on a Baghdad street earlier this week.

His father, who spoke to The Associated Press from the family home in the northern Lebanese town of Qoubaiyat, refused to say whether any ransom had been paid.

His release comes hours after two other Lebanese hostages were released. The wife of one of them told AP Monday night that she received a call from her husband, truck driver Kassem Murqbawi, saying he would be home in three days.

Murqbawi told her a fellow truck driver who was kidnapped this month was also released.