A Canadian businessman was freed and two of his kidnappers were arrested in central Basra on Monday (August 6th), the Iraqi provincial police said Tuesday.
"A security force from the anti-crime department freed late last night [Monday] a Canadian businessman who works in the oil sector," Basra police chief Maj. Gen. Faisal al-Ibadi said at a press conference.
"The force raided the detention site in al-Muwafaqqiya in central Basra and arrested two of his kidnappers," he said. "The operation that freed the hostage was based on accurate intelligence."
Al-Ibadi said the businessman "is in good health and was not hurt. The motivation for his kidnapping was to get ransom for his release".