Hostage Kember freed in Iraq

British hostage Norman Kember has been freed after action by coalition forces.

British hostage Norman Kember has been rescued after action by coalition forces in Iraq.

Mr Kember, together with two Canadian hostages, had been held in a town north of Baghdad.

A multinational force, including British military personnel, freed the men in a raid earlier today.

The aid workers from the Chicago-based Christian Peacemakers Teams were kidnapped on November 26, along with American Tom Fox.

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The Swords of Righteousness Brigades claimed responsibility for kidnapping them and issued videos featuring the hostages and threatening to kill them.

Mr Fox's body was found in Baghdad on March 11.

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Foreign secretary Jack Straw issued a short statement saying that Mr Kember was in a “reasonable condition” and expressed his delight that the hostages are now free.

But he gave little detail on the exact nature of the action that led to their release.

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