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Two Indonesians 'freed in Iraq'
A still from the video allegedly showing two missing Indonesian journalists and their captors
The pair were abducted last week
The Indonesian government says two of its citizens held hostage in Iraq have been released by their captors.

A foreign ministry spokesman said contact had been made with the two TV journalists, who were thought to be heading to Jordan by road, say reports.

Their captors, the Army of Warriors, said in a videotape the pair were being freed "without any condition."

Meanwhile, it emerged that an Iraqi TV reporter was seized with her son in the northern city of Mosul on Sunday.

"Raeda Wazzan was kidnapped by armed men in the Maidan district in the centre of Mosul, with her 10-year-old son," said Ghazi Fyacal of Iraqia TV.


Indonesian reporter Meutya Hafid, 26, and cameraman Budiyanto, 36, were abducted last week on a road from Jordan to Baghdad.

Unconfirmed reports say the pair were freed in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, in the so-called Sunni Triangle.

"We can confirm that the two Indonesian hostages had been released, and we have re-established contact with them," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa in Jakarta.

"They are now on the way out of Iraq."

He said the whereabouts of the pair were not known but there were reports of them heading by car to the Jordan border.

The video broadcast on the journalists' own Indonesian TV channel, Metro TV, showed the captors saying: "We are going to release them without any condition. God is greatest."

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last week appealed for the reporters' immediate release.

The Army of Warriors group had demanded an explanation from Indonesia of the pair's activities in Iraq.

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