The kidnappers of aid worker Margaret Hassan threatened to turn her over to an &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/columnists/2002/09/04/35994.html ' target=_blank>al-Qaida affiliated group within 48 hours if the British government refuses to pull its troops from Iraq, Al-Jazeera television reported Tuesday.
Al-Jazeera broadcast a video of a hooded gunman but did not air the sound. Instead, the newscaster said the kidnappers gave Britain 48 hours to meet their demands, ''primarily the withdrawal'' of &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2003/03/20/44710.html ' target=_blank>British troops. Otherwise, the 59-year-old Hassan will be handed over to the al-Qaida in Iraq group, headed by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The group has beheaded a number of other hostages, including three Americans and a Briton, reports Boston Globe.
According to the Ireland Online, the newscaster said the station declined to broadcast the entire tape because "of the hostage’s condition".
In Bolivia, at least seven people were killed at El Alto State University on Tuesday, March 3. The tragedy took place during a student meeting on the fifth floor of the building