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KGL paid a million-dollar ransom

September 02, 2004 00:31 IST

The freedom of three Indians and four other hostages was secured after payment of $1 million, the Kuwaiti company employing them said on Wednesday night and denied that it had halted operations in Iraq, as demanded by the abductors.

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"The payment was made in four phases," KGL spokesperson Rana Abu-Zaineh said in Kuwait soon after her company's drivers were set free by the Iraqi militant group 'Islamic Secret Army-Holders of Black Banners'.

She said that the Indian government, which was kept informed about the developments in the hostage crisis on a regular basis, was aware of the payment of ransom.

The statement came as the three Indians -- Antaryami, Tilak Raj and Sukhdeo Singh -- arrived in Kuwait.

Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Swashpawan Singh received them.

They are expected to be flown home on Thursday.


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Sub: FISHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The whole thing is Fishy with a capital S. Till now KGL was saying it was withdrawing from Iraq. Today they say the opposite.Yesterday E. ...


Posted by nrc





Sub: KGL

Minister of State Mr. Ahmed and KGL deserve our kudos and gratitude for handling this sensitive case with care, patience and humility without making fuss. ...


Posted by A.H. Venkatachalam





Sub: we surrender...!

hi friends, i am a world citizen and here i am begging for a peaceful world..!! i am glad that all the hostages came out ...


Posted by deep bajaj





Sub: Shame

Shame India. Capitulating against terrorists. It's so shameful. This country will go down soon if idiots handle things like this. Shame and more shame. Most ...


Posted by manu




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