KHARTOUM, Sudan -- Iraqi militants have released a Sudanese man who was kidnapped last month while working as an interpreter for a U.S. contractor, Sudan's Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
The ministry said Noureddin Zakaria was released Friday in good health and taken to the Sudanese Embassy in Baghdad.
Zakaria appeared Oct. 30 on an Arabic television station saying he was kidnapped by a group demanding his employer, San Diego-based Titan Corp., leave Iraq. Titan is the largest provider of translators to the U.S. government.
The National Islamic Resistance, the 1920 Revolution Brigades kidnapped Zakaria during a military operation in the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi, 70 miles west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
In a statement carried on the state news agency, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry congratulated the freed man's family and all those who helped secure his release. No details were provided on how his release was secured.
Insurgents in Iraq have kidnapped more than 160 foreigners in their campaign to drive out coalition forces and hamper reconstruction. At least 34 including three Americans and a Briton have been killed.
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