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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 March, 2005, 21:53 GMT 22:53 UK
Iraq kidnap video shows Romanians
Missing Romanians Ohanesian (left), Ion and Miscoci
The three are said to be held by an unknown group
A video of three Romanian journalists kidnapped in Iraq has been broadcast on Arabic TV channel al-Jazeera.

The three, who disappeared in a Baghdad suburb on Monday evening, and a fourth person, were seen sitting on the floor with two men pointing guns at them.

They were held by an unknown group that had made no demands, al-Jazeera said.

The journalists are Marie Jeanne Ion and cameraman Sorin Dumitru Miscoci of Prima TV and Ovidiu Ohanesian of Romania Libera newspaper.

One used her mobile phone to send a text message to her newsroom: "Help. This is not a joke. We've been kidnapped."

The three were seized during a visit by Romanian President Traian Basescu to Afghanistan and Iraq - where Romania has sent 800 troops to join the US-led force.




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