( AP ) - An Iraqi insurgent group threatened to kill a German woman and her son unless Germany withdraws its troops from Afghanistan within 10 days, pan-Arab television stations reported on Saturday.
The Dubai-based Al-Arabiya and the Qatar based Al-Jazeera networks aired a video from a previously unknown insurgent group called the "Arrows of Righteousness," showing the abducted woman and her son.
In the footage, the woman is identified as Hannelore Marianne Krause. She wears a blue scarf over her head and is shown seated, next to her grown son to her right, according to the stations' reports.
German officials have refused to identify the captives. It wasn't immediately clear what they were doing in Iraq.
The authenticity of the video, carried by the Arab stations, was not independently verified. The Associated Press has not viewed the video.
According to the stations' reports, the captives faces are downcast. The son, who wasn't identified, did not speak, while the video carried subtitles in Arabic of the woman's appeal in German. Masked gunmen also are shown in the video, threatening to kill the two in 10 days if Germany did not give in to their demand and pull out from Afghanistan.
The TV stations said the woman appealed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to respond to the kidnappers' demands.
Last month, German authorities confirmed that two Germans had been missing in Iraq since Feb. 6.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier created a special crisis panel to work on the release of the two, but nothing more was heard of them since.
German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost had said the two apparently were kidnapped in Baghdad.
Germany has no troops in Iraq but has about 2,700 troops serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, most of them focused in the north of the country.