U.S. troops manning a checkpoint Monday found four Egyptian technicians who had been kidnapped the previous day in Baghdad, freeing them and arresting some of the abductors, an Egyptian diplomat said.

"It's the Americans who freed them," Farooq Mabrouk, head of the Egyptian mission, told The Associated Press. "They were released and they will come to the embassy."

He said the Americans had "made some arrests" but gave no further information.

The U.S. government wasn't immediately able to confirm the report.

The four were seized Sunday on their way to work in western Baghdad. They were employed by a subcontractor for an Iraqi mobile telephone company.