Iraqi militants hold 10 foreigners hostage together with the South Korean businessman, according to his company president. Kin Chun-ho, president of the Gana General Trading, told Yonhap news agency the foreigners were seen by an employee sent to Falluja to negotiate with the kidnappers. Kim Sun-il, a 33-year-old translator was kidnapped near the town of Fallujah, west of Baghdad. The militants threatened to behead the South Korean if Seoul does not overturn its decision to send 3,000 troops to Iraq.
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