Kidnapped Journalists Appear on Camera

By: Susan Roberts
By: Susan Roberts

Under the circumstances, two kidnapped Fox journalists in Gaza say things are fairly well.

But things could take a turn for the worse if their captors 72 hour deadline expires and their demands are not met.

Susan Roberts has the latest from Washington, DC.

Steve Centanni Fox News correspondent, "We're in fairly good condition, we're alive and well, in fairly good health."

American reporter Steve Centanni and new Zealand cameraman Olaf Wiig hadn't been heard from since masked gunmen abducted them from their TV van in Gaza City 11 days ago.

In this letter attached to Wednesday's videotape.. their captors identify themselves as the Holy Jihads Brigade and demand the release of Muslim prisoners in American jails within 72 hours.

The demand is a first for Gaza kidnappings. Palestinian militants usually limit their ultimatums to the conflict with Israel. This one railing against the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has those close to the investigation suspecting a foreign extremist group has set up shop in Gaza.

A few days ago Palestinian journalists held a rally with Wiig's wife to demand the release of the two men and the Hamas led government is also working to win their freedom.

Olaf Eric Wiig, Fox News cameraman, "To my family I love you all, please don't worry."
Palestinian security officials are now analyzing the videotape for more clues about the kidnappers and where they're holding the two journalists.

The kidnappers did not say what would happen if the deadline passes the US State Department said it would not make concessions to terrorists.

Source: Susan Roberts, CBS News, Washington.


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