Jordan-based firm trying to determine fate of 12 Nepalese workers sent to Iraq

The Nepalese government and a Jordan-based services company are trying to figure out whether 12 Nepalese employees are being held hostage in Iraq.

The workers disappeared near the city of Ramadi on Thursday. They were part of a group involved in construction work.

The next day, an Iraqi militant group said on its Web site that it had kidnapped the Nepalese workers. The group made no specific demands.

The Web site yesterday showed photos of 12 men it claimed were the hostages.

The militant group has been linked to past unfounded claims of kidnappings.

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