Vienna, 17 November 2006 Press release

Ministry for Foreign Affairs on the kidnapping of an Austrian in Iraq


Vienna, 17 November 2006 - The Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs confirms the kidnapping of a food convoy on the way from Kuwait to Nasiriyah in southern Iraq on 16 November 2006. Among the people kidnapped are 4 US citizens, a still unknown number of Iraqis, possibly people of other nationalities and one Austrian citizen.

The Austrian authorities have been able to identify the Austrian national who works for a security firm operating in Kuwait. The Austrian accompanied the convoy on the instructions of this security firm.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is trying to locate the Austrian national as swiftly as possible in close cooperation with the partners represented in Iraq.

A Vienna-based Foreign Ministry employee has been sent to the region to provide support.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Press Department
Tel.: ++43 (0) 50 1150-3262, 4549, 4550
Fax: ++43 (0) 50 1159-213