Sri Lanka seeks details of hostage in Iraq

Sri Lanka has asked its diplomatic mission in Lebanon to obtain more details about a report that the Islamic Army in Iraq has taken one of its nationals hostage, a foreign ministry official said Friday. Sri Lanka has asked its diplomatic mission in Lebanon to obtain more details about a report that the Islamic Army in Iraq has taken one of its nationals hostage, a foreign ministry official said Friday. Al-Jazeera television said the Islamic Army in Iraq had abducted a driver from Sri Lanka and another from Bangladesh who work for a Kuwaiti company.

“We don’t have a mission in Iraq since the start of the war, but we have asked our mission in Lebanon to try and get details,” a ministry official said.

Al-Jazeera quoted a statement from the group saying “the two hostages were abducted before driving their trucks into a US base in Iraq.”

They were being interrogated “in the religious (Islamic) court,” it added.

A video bearing the name of the extremist group showed each of the presumed hostages separately and a number of identification documents, including a Kuwaiti driving license.

However, Sri Lankan officials said the footage was insufficient for them to make a positive ident