Kuwaiti television reports the kidnappers in Iraq of American journalist Jill Carroll are threatening to kill her if their demands are not met by February 26th.
Al-Rai television Friday quoted sources close to the kidnappers as saying the abductors have set the deadline. The militants holding Carroll previously had demanded that all Iraqi women prisoners be freed.
Earlier Friday, at least eight people died and more than 20 were wounded in a Baghdad car bombing near a Sunni Muslim mosque. Officials in Iraq also certified results of the December 15th elections, confirming the near majority of parliament seats won by Shi'ite religious parties. According to the results, the dominant Shi'ite coalition, the United Iraqi Alliance, won 128 seats in the 275-member parliament.