AP is reporting:
Two of five kidnapped security company employees abducted in a convoy hijacking near the Kuwait border were freed in an Iraqi police operation Friday, the Basra provincial governor said.
Gov. Mohammed al-Waili also said one of the five was found dead near the southern city of Safwan. He did not give the victim’s nationality.
“Police were able to free two of the foreigners kidnapped and they are in good health,” al-Waili said in a telephone interview. He said he thought they were Americans but could not yet confirm their nationality.
Officials have said that four American security contractors and their Austrian co-worker were abducted in a convoy hijacking Thursday. The Austrian was found dead and one of the Americans was gravely wounded, an Iraqi police officer said.
Al-Waili said that the two freed employees were found in an area called Dawajin close to the border with Kuwait, where the convoy was hijacked.
U.S. officials in Baghdad said they could not confirm the governor’s report.
Did that report say the release was the result of an “Iraqi police” operation? Very sad news that the kidnapped Austrian is dead. Continue to pray for those still held captive and for those risking their lives to free them.