Al-Jazeera Airs British Hostage Caged

Politics | September 29, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00
Al-Jazeera Airs British Hostage Caged Arabic TV channel al-Jazeera aired new video footage of British hostage Ken Bigley caged and chained, pleading for his life. Photo by www.english.aljazeera.net

Arabic TV channel al-Jazeera aired new video footage of British hostage Ken Bigley caged and chained, pleading for his life. In the recording Bigley is reported to have renewed his appeal for Tony Blair to meet the kidnappers' demands. He said his captors did not want to kill him and accused the Prime Minister of ignoring his plight. The report said the Tawhid and Jihad group, headed by Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi, would release him. Bigley was kidnapped in Baghdad on September 16 with two Americans, Eugene Armstrong and Jack Hensley, both of whom were murdered. But the website claimed the terrorists were going to free the 62-year-old in order to "humiliate" the British Government.

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