From INQ7.net, with thanks to Anthony:
BEIJING, China — (UPDATE) A group identifying itself as the Movement of the Islamic Resistance Nuamaan Brigade claimed responsibility for kidnapping eight Chinese nationals in Iraq, Chinese state media reported Wednesday.
The group released footage Tuesday of eight hostages holding Chinese passports standing against a mud brick wall along with two masked gunmen.
In the video aired by the Al-Jazeera broadcaster and in an accompanying statement, the group identified itself as the Islamic Resistance Nuamaan Brigade, the China Daily reported.
They had threatened to execute the men unless Beijing “clarifies its role” in Iraq within 48 hours.