BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) _ Here is the statement that Islamic Jihad, the Shitte Muslim group, made on Monday to announce the release of Thomas Sutherland of the United States and Terry Waite of Britain on Monday:

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Toward completion of what we have started with United Nations Secretary- General Perez de Cuellar, we announce today the release of:

1 - Terry Waite,

2 - Thomas Sutherland.