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3 Czech Journalists Believed Held in Iraq

April 12, 2004

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) _ Three Czech journalists in Iraq are missing and at least two of them are believed kidnapped, officials said Monday.

Czech Television lost all contact with reporter Martin Kubal and cameraman Petr Klima on Monday morning, and unconfirmed reports indicated they were abducted while traveling from Baghdad to Amman, Jordan, said spokesman Martin Krafl.

The station was informed of the kidnapping by taxi company whose driver was taking them to Amman, Krafl said, adding that the broadcaster has asked the Czech Foreign Ministry for assistance.

A third reporter, Vit Pohanka, of Czech Radio, has been unaccounted for since Sunday, according to the head of the radio station’s foreign desk, Jiri Hosek. Pohanka might have been traveling with the other two reporters, according to unconfirmed reports, Hosek said.

Vit Kolar, a spokesman for the ministry, confirmed that the ministry was looking into the case, but refused to provide any further details.

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