Breaking News …
American journalist Jill Carroll freed …
American journalist Jill Carroll, abducted in early January by gunmen in Baghdad, was released to a Sunni Arab political party in the capital Thursday morning after 82 days in captivity.
“I was never hurt, ever hit,” she told a Washington Post reporter. “I was kept in a safe place and treated very well.”
Carroll, 28, a freelance reporter working for the Christian Science Monitor, arrived safely at the party headquarters just after 1 p.m.
“Unknown people,” released Carroll to the Iraqi Islamic Party’s branch office in Amariyah in the western part of the city, Tariq al-Hashimi, the party’s secretary general, said in a telephone conversation at 12:30 p.m. local time. The party then transported her by armed convoy to its headquarters in the Yarmouk district.
Certainly a relief for Carroll’s family and quite a story for her to tell over the next few months of what will be inevitable media exposure.
It’ll be interesting to hear the account of her time in captivity … especially since she states that she was “treated very well.”
Wonder what the significance is of her release to the Sunni political group?
More certainly to come on this story …