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04-16-04, 04:03 PM
Hostage Video
Kidnapped U.S. Soldier Seen Alive in Video

April 16 The Arab television network Al Jazeera today aired a videotape of an American soldier who was taken hostage in Iraq.

A senior military official told ABCNEWS that the soldier in the video was one of two GIs who disappeared on April 9, during the same convoy attack in which seven employees of a Halliburton subcontractor went missing.

The tape shows Pfc. Keith M. Maupin, 20, of Batavia, Ohio, surrounded by masked gunmen, identifying himself and saying he is being treated well as a prisoner of war under Islamic law. He said his captors are demanding the release of Islamic soldiers.

Maupin, who is known as Matt, and Sgt. Elmer C. Krause, 40, of Greensboro, N.C., were part of a supply convoy that was traveling on Highway 1 about seven miles west of Baghdad, headed toward Abu Ghraib, when they were attacked by rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and small-arms fire. The fate of Krause is not known.

Both soldiers were assigned to the Army Reserve's 724th Transportation Company, based in Bartonville, Ill. The military official said the parents of both men have been notified of the tape.

One of the U.S. civilians missing since that attack, Thomas Hamill, a 43-year-old truck driver from Mississippi, is known to have been abducted. U.S. experts in Iraq are trying to determine if four bodies discovered west of Baghdad earlier this week are the remains of some of the missing contractors.