Bernard Planche, a French engineer working for a a group called AACCESS rehabilitating areas in Iraq, was kidnapped in the Mansour district. One interesting difference in this hostage taking is that it seems a female terrorist was involved.
There are not a lot of details on who the terrorists may be at this time.
According to Iraqi police, four armed militants, including a woman, broke into his house in the Mansour neighborhood around 9:20 am (0620 GMT) on Monday and dragged him out. When Planche refused to enter the car, he was pistol whipped.
A nearby policeman opened fire. The gunmen returned fire and fled with their hostage. The policeman said blood was visible on the doorstep.
On August 29, 2004 two French journalists, Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, were taken hostage by Islamic Army in Iraq and later released.
Tipped by: The Jawa Report and