BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Videotape broadcast Friday showed a tense and frightened U.S. soldier held captive by masked gunmen who said they want to trade him for comrades imprisoned by the U.S.-led occupation. The kidnappers also suggested they were holding other hostages.
Pfc. Keith Maupin, 20, was the first U.S. serviceman and second American confirmed kidnapped in a recent wave of abductions in Iraq. Wearing a floppy desert hat, he sat on the floor and appeared unharmed in the footage aired on the Arab TV station Al-Jazeera.
”My name is Keith Matthew Maupin. I am a soldier from the 1st Division,” he said, looking into the camera. ”I am married with a 10-month-old son. I came to liberate Iraq, but I did not come willingly because I wanted to stay with my child.”