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‘Jill Carroll’s kidnap was a mistake’

An Iraqi businessman linked to Saddam Hussein told a US television network that the kidnapping of US journalist Jill Carroll was a mistake and a ransom was paid for her release.

An Iraqi businessman linked to Saddam Hussein told a US television network that the kidnapping of US journalist Jill Carroll was a mistake and a ransom was paid for her release.

Sheikh Sattam al Gaood, a middleman behind Carroll’s release on March 30 and self-proclaimed insurgency leader, told ABC news in an exclusive interview how her release was arranged and why he supports the insurgency in Iraq.

‘‘They are defending their country,’’ he said in an interview in Amman, Jordan. ‘‘ Sometimes they do make mistakes.’’

One of those mistakes were kidnapping Carroll, a freelance journalist mainly working for the Christian Science Monitor, Gaood said.

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Carroll was abducted in Baghdad on January 7.

First published on: 14-04-2006 at 02:00:08 am
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