Iraq Releases Militant Leader Behind Kidnappings of 5 Britons

An Iraqi spokesman says authorities have released the leader of a militant group linked to the 2007 kidnapping of five Britons.

Interior Ministry spokesman Alaa al-Taii said Tuesday that Qais al-Khazali was released Sunday following his transfer several days earlier from U.S. to Iraqi custody.

Al-Khazali is the leader of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, or League of the Righteous. He was detained over an attack in 2007 in the holy city of Karbala south of Baghdad in which five U.S. soldiers were killed.

The group was later linked to the kidnapping of the five Britons. Three were of the five killed, computer expert Peter Moore was released alive last week and the fate of the final hostage remains unknown.