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  Seven more hostages taken in Iraq
Updated 12 April 2004, 11.13
Guard outside the Japanese embassy in Iraq. Japanese people are among those being held hostage
A wave of hostage-taking in Iraq shows no sign of slowing down after seven Chinese people went missing on Sunday.

The kidnappings follow those of three Japanese people who were meant to be released on Sunday but never showed up.

It's also not known what has happened to an American man, who was taken after US troops clashed with Iraqi fighters in the town of Falluja.

There was better news for the family of a British man, Gary Teeley, who was freed after being held for six days.

Gary Teeley
Gary Teeley

Mr Teeley, who works for a laundry firm, was kidnapped in the city of Nasiriya.

He called his family to tell them he was safe. He also wanted to know how his football team, West Ham, had been getting on.

The fighting in Falluja started after four US civilians were killed in the town last week.

It sparked off several days of intense fighting.

Over the weekend, the two sides agreed to put down their guns so talks could be held to try to sort out the problem.

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