BAGHDAD, Iraq – Insurgents in Iraq have kidnapped nearly 70 people in their violent campaign to drive out coalition forces and hamper reconstruction. Many captives have been truck drivers, but militants on Friday seized a diplomat for the first time, a signal they are starting to target higher-ranking foreigners.
Here is the status of some of those taken hostage in Iraq (search):
—Raad Adnan, of Iraq. General director of Al-Mansour Contracting Co., a government-owned company that carries out construction contracts for Iraqi government ministries, kidnapped Saturday. Also a construction engineer and member of the Baath party who helped build some of Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces. Kidnappers' demands not yet known.
—Mohammed Mamdouh Helmi Qutb, of Egypt. Diplomat, abducted Friday. Militants said they abducted Qutb because Egypt said it would send security experts to new Iraq government.
—Ibrahim Khamis, Salm Faiz Khamis and Jalal Awadh, of Kenya; Antaryami, Tilak Raj and Sukdev Singh, of India; Mohammed Ali Sanad, of Egypt. Truck drivers abducted July 21. Militants threatened to behead them if Kuwaiti employer keeps doing business in Iraq and their countries do not withdraw citizens. New demand Friday insists trucking company pay compensation for those killed by U.S. forces in Fallujah.
—Rifat Mohammed Rifat, of Canada. Prison worker, abducted April 8.
—Aban Elias, 41, Iraqi-American. Held since May 3 by group calling itself "The Islamic Rage Brigade."
—Ivaylo Kepov, of Bulgaria. Truck driver, abducted July 9, possibly killed. Beheaded body found in Tigris River still not identified.
—Georgi Lazov, 30, of Bulgaria. Truck driver, abducted July 9. His headless body found July 14 in Tigris River.
—U.S. Army Spc. Keith M. Maupin, 20, of Batavia, Ohio. Reported killed June 29 by Arab television. U.S. military could not confirm that man shown being shot in videotape was Maupin.
—Kim Sun-il, 33, South Korea. Translator, beheaded June 22 by al-Qaida-affiliated group.
—Hussein Ali Alyan, 26, Shiite Muslim from southern Lebanon. Construction worker, found shot to death June 12.
—Fabrizio Quattrocchi, 35, Italian. Security guard, killed April 14 after kidnapped with three compatriots April 12. Previously unknown group, the "Green Battalion," claimed responsibility.
—Nicholas Berg, 26, American. Businessman, beheaded by Al Qaeda (search)-affiliated group after kidnapped in April.
Hostages who escaped:
—Thomas Hamill, 44, American. Truck driver, escaped his captors May 2 after being wounded in the April 9 ambush.
—Radoslaw Kadri, Polish. Businessman, escaped by kicking in car window and jumping out near U.S. troop patrol after abduction June 1.
Hostages freed or rescued:
—Thirteen Turks, five Japanese, three Czechs, three Italians, two Lebanese, two Russians, an Egyptian, a Pakistani, a Frenchman, a Chinese citizen, a Pole, a Syrian-Canadian, and an Arab Christian from East Jerusalem.
Missing in Iraq:
—William Bradley and Timothy Bell. American contract truckers last seen April 9 after attack on their convoy.
—Wael Mamduh, of Jordan. Missing since April 12.