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Alqaeda website shows egyptian diplomat kidnapped { July 6 2005 }

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Egyptian Envoy's ID Cards Shown on Web
By Associated Press

6:00 AM PDT, July 6, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq Pictures of identification cards of a kidnapped Egyptian diplomat were posted Wednesday on an Islamic Web site in the name of al-Qaida in Iraq, which said it had taken the diplomat captive.

The posting showed the front and back of five ID cards in the name of Ihab al-Sharif, who was seized Saturday night in Baghdad. It was the first photographic evidence to substantiate claims by Al-Qaida that it was holding the 51-year-old envoy.

Some of the IDS included a photo of al-Sherif, including his Egyptian driver's license and a Foreign Ministry card.

"These are the personal identification cards of the ambassador of the idols," the group said.

Egypt's top envoy in Baghdad, al-Sherif, was kidnapped Saturday night in the Iraqi capital. Witnesses said the abductors shoved him into the trunk of a car after pistol-whipping him and accusing him of being an American spy.

Wednesday's statement did not provide any demands or make threats.

The authenticity of the claim of responsibility, which appeared on the same Islamic Web site as the ID pictures, couldn't be verified, but the posting was signed "Abu Maysara al-Iraqi," the name believed to be an al-Qaida in Iraq spokesman.

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