CAIRO, Egypt – Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's (search) cousin has been released by his kidnappers, the Iraqi leader's office said Saturday. Ghazi Allawi (search), 75, had been abducted by gunmen from his Baghdad home on Nov. 9, along with his wife and his pregnant daughter-in-law.
The prime minister's office had no other details on his release.
The two women were released on Nov. 15. At the time, Al-Jazeera (search) television quoted sources saying they had been freed in Baqouba in central Iraq.
Their kidnappers, who identified themselves as the militant group Ansar al-Jihad, had threatened to behead them unless all Iraqi detainees were released and the siege on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah halted.