Reporter Jill Carroll released in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, March 30 (UPI) -- U.S. journalist Jill Carroll was released in good health by kidnappers in Baghdad Thursday, nearly three months after she was abducted.

Speaking on Baghdad Television, the 28-year-old said she was treated well since being kidnapped on Jan. 7.


"They never said they would hit me. They never threatened me in any way," she said.

Her abductors had threatened to execute her if all female Iraqi prisoners were not released by Feb. 26.

She said she was only allowed to move between her room and the bathroom, and had only been allowed to watch television once, but that was not enough to give her a good idea of the news about her, the BBC reported.

Carroll, a freelance reporter working for the Christian Science Monitor when she was kidnapped, said that she didn't know exactly where she was held, because the room she was in had a frosted window.

"They just came to me this morning and told me they will release me, "she said.

She was abducted outside a government official's office. Her interpreter was killed, while her driver managed to escape.


President Bush, at a summit in Mexico, expressed gratitude over Carroll's release as did her mother in a statement released in Evanston, Ill.

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