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Monday, September 27, 2004

Muslim girl, 11, appeals for release of UK Hostage


By Gideon Long
LONDON (Reuters) - An 11-year-old Iraqi girl who lost a leg and 17 members of her family during last year's war urged kidnappers on Saturday to release a British hostage they have been holding for nine days under threat of death.

Zeynab Hamid Taresh, who is in Britain to have an artificial leg fitted, said the plight of 62-year-old Kenneth Bigley reminded her of seeing kidnappers seize two of her school friends on the streets of Iraq's second city Basra.

"I want them to release him so he can return to his family, just like I want my friends to be able to return to their families," she told reporters.

Taresh survived a U.S.-British bombing raid in March 2003 which killed her mother, two brothers and another 14 members of her extended family. She was badly injured and had her right leg amputated.


Taresh agreed and was due to speak to Arabic television station Al Jazeera later on Saturday in the hope that the kidnappers would be watching, Gordon said. The girl, who walks with a distinct limp and is still getting used to her new limb, said the hostage crisis had rekindled memories of seeing her own friends abducted.

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