Polish authorities have identified a woman taken hostage in Iraq as a Pole who has lived in Iraq for nearly thirty years.
Poland's Foreign Ministry said Thursday Teresa Borcz, married to an Iraqi, worked for the Polish Embassy in Baghdad in the early 1990's.
Al-Jazeera television aired a video of her Thursday and quoted the previously unknown militant group (Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Fundamentalist Brigades) as saying they will free her only if Polish soldiers leave Iraq and female prisoners are released.
The Polish government insisted it would not bend to demands from kidnappers.
The developments come as Japan's government is racing against the clock to free 24-year old Shosei Koda -- kidnapped in Baghdad two days ago.
Kidnappers threaten to kill him if Japan does not pull its troops from Iraq within 48 hours.
Tokyo has rejected the demand.