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whatelseisnew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-05 02:00 PM
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Abducted Journalist Calls Colleague
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Saturday February 5, 2005 6:46 PM

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Associated Press Writer

ROME (AP) - A colleague of an Italian journalist abducted in Iraq said she
received a call from the cell phone of Giuliana Sgrena on Saturday - but
heard no voices, only Arabic music in the background - as Italians hoped the
strongly anti-war stance of Sgrena's paper could help win her release.

Sgrena, 56, a reporter for the left-wing Il Manifesto, was abducted Friday
by gunmen who blocked her car near Baghdad University and pulled her into
their vehicle while exchanging fire with university guards. Shortly before
she was kidnapped, Sgrena had been interviewing people who fled last year's
U.S. assault on the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.

It was the first reported kidnapping of a foreigner since Iraq's election last

Barbara Schiavulli, a colleague of Sgrena working in Baghdad, received a
15-second call from Sgrena's cell phone early Saturday, hearing only Arab
music playing.
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