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Fate of Russian diplomats kidnapped in Iraq still unknown


MOSCOW, June 15 (RIA Novosti) - No new information about four Russian diplomats kidnapped in Iraq has been received, a Russian deputy foreign minister said Thursday.

"I have just contacted our embassy in Baghdad." Alexander Yakovenko told TV channel Rossiya. "Unfortunately, we have no new information."

One Russian diplomat was killed and four others kidnapped when unidentified gunmen attacked a Russian embassy car in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on June 3. The kidnappers have yet to make ransom or other demands.

Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier on Thursday called on the international community to help free the diplomats.

The Organization of the Islamic Conference, which has condemned the kidnapping as a crime against humanity and Islam, has pledged assistance in securing the diplomats' release.

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