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1. Pan along released hostages
2. Hostages, one of them smoking
3. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Mohammed Ali Sanad, released hostage:
"Nothing happened. They are religious, they taught us how to pray. What can I say, may God bless them and return us home safely."
4. Vehicle waiting to take released hostages away
5. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Mohammed Ali Sanad, released hostage:
"The place we went to is one that no one cooperating with the Americans can get into. The moment we arrived there they took us (hostage) without us knowing what had happened, and today we have been released safely."
"This group is present and known in Iraq. It is the Islamic Secret Army in Iraq. It is an active group and have carried out similar acts in the past. But we had managed to get in touch with the brothers in this group and convinced them that these people are innocent and have no hand in what is happening (in Iraq). In the end, they were convinced by our point of view, and by coordinating with our brothers at the Indian Embassy, all hostages were released."
Seven employees of a Kuwaiti trucking company who had been kidnapped in Iraq were freed and headed to Kuwait, a company spokeswoman told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Al-Arabiya TV broadcast footage of the freed hostages in Baghdad.
One of them, Egyptian Mohammed Ali Sanad, told the pan-Arab station they group had learned two days ago their release was imminent.
Rana Abu-Zaineh of Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Company said all the hostages were in good health, but gave no details about the circumstances of the release.
Egyptian charge d'affaires Karim Sharaf told Al-Arabiya that the kidnappers were members of the Islamic Secret Army in Iraq, and has carried out "similar acts in the past."
The three Kenyans, three Indians and one Egyptian released on Wednesday were abducted on July 21.
The kidnappers had repeatedly changed their demands and extended deadlines set for killing the seven.
On Friday, Abu-Zaineh said her company would stop work in Iraq.
A day earlier, the kidnappers released a video showing the hostages and declaring it would release the men if their company agreed to stop working in Iraq.
Those abducted included Ibrahim Khamis, Salm Faiz Khamis and Jalal Awadh of Kenya; Antaryami, Tilak Raj and Sukdev Singh of India; and Egyptian Sanad.
Militants in Iraq have kidnapped more than 100 foreigners in recent months in an effort to push countries to withdraw their troops from the coalition and to pressure companies doing business here to leave.
The release came a day after a video surfaced on a militant Muslim Web site showing the purported killing of 12 Nepalese workers kidnapped in Iraq.