(dpa) -A British journalist working with the US television network CBS who was abducted in the southern Iraqi city of Basra was freed Monday, media reports said.
Mohamed al-Askary, spokesman for Iraq's Defence Ministry, said that Iraqi forces released the British reporter, who was kidnapped in Basra in February, the official al-Iraqiya news channel reported.
Earlier, a member of a Shiite group involved in negotiations for the reporter's release said he was in a good health.
"We are not worried about the health of the British journalist. He is in good health, and negotiations to free him are continuing, and we hope they will be concluded today with his release," a member of the Office of the Martyr al-Sadr told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa after the reporter was kidnapped.
The office, which is loyal to the radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, has been involved in negotiations with the journalist's abductors to secure his release.
Iraqi interpreter Emad Khudair, who was kidnapped with the journalist from a hotel in Basra, was released three days after his abduction.