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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 November 2005, 14:30 GMT
Iraqi militants 'to try' hostages
Undated photos of Abderrahim Boualam and Abdelkarim El Mouhafidi
The two Moroccan embassy workers disappeared last month
A web statement apparently from al-Qaeda in Iraq says two kidnapped staff from Baghdad's Moroccan embassy are to be tried in an Islamic court.

The statement, which cannot be authenticated, was published on an Islamist website commonly used by insurgents in Iraq.

It said the men had been questioned, but gave no details about the Islamic court or what they were charged with.

The posting showed images of the kidnap victims' passports and identity cards.

The Moroccan authorities have said the two men, Abderrahim Boualam and Abdelkarim El Mouhafidi, disappeared last month while returning to Baghdad by road from the Jordanian capital, Amman.

The web statement said: "After ending the investigation with the detained Moroccan embassy workers, they were referred to the judicial authority that will rule in their case."

Earlier this year, two Algerian diplomats based in Baghdad were kidnapped and killed by insurgents.

The Egyptian charge d'affaires was also kidnapped by suspected insurgents, and believed killed. His body has not been found.


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