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German mother 'released in Iraq'
Image grab taken from a video posted on the internet allegedly showing two German hostages sitting at an unidentified location and time in Iraq (file image)
Hannelore Krause was kidnapped with her son in Baghdad
A 61-year-old German woman kidnapped in Iraq earlier this year has been freed but her son remains a hostage, Germany's foreign minister has said.

Hannelore Krause and her son Sinan, 20, were seized from their home in western Baghdad in February.

A militant Islamist group had threatened to kill them unless German troops were withdrawn from Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Germany would do all it could to secure Sinan Krause's release.

"After 155 days, Hannelore Krause's captivity is over. She has been free since yesterday afternoon," Mr Steinmeier said, adding that he could not discuss the circumstances of her release.

"We are relieved that Mrs Krause is now free, but the worrying uncertainty about the fate of her son, who is still in captivity, remains," he added.

Shocked

In April, the pair were shown in a video posted on the internet by the militant group.

Germany was shocked by the images of Mrs Krause sobbing as she begged the German authorities to help her and her son.

But the government has insisted that it will not withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, where some 3,000 soldiers serve as part of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the country would "not be blackmailed by people who are terrorists".

Mrs Krause is believed to be married to an Iraqi doctor and has been living in the country for 40 years.

Her son, who holds dual German and Iraqi citizenship, is reported to have worked at the Iraqi foreign ministry.






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