BAGHDAD, April 8 (UPI) -- Three Japanese journalists were kidnapped Thursday by militants outside the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad.
They were shown in a video with their passports and the threat they would be killed unless Japanese troops withdraw from Iraq.
Iraq is Japan's first overseas troop deployment since World War II.
The incident comes as Spain announced it would withdraw troops by June 30 unless there is a U.N. mandate. That decision followed a series of blasts in Madrid that killed some 190 people.