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The two went missing near troubled Fallujah Wednesday.

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BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- The German Foreign Ministry has confirmed that two of its security staff assigned to the German Embassy in Baghdad are missing.

German media reports Saturday said they were part of a convoy driving from Amman, Jordan, to Baghdad three days ago.

The reports said the rest of the convoy made it safely to the embassy, a small office where a handful of diplomats are working.

ARD television reported that the two were agents with GSG-9, an elite counterterrorism unit trained for freeing hostages and other commando missions.

Germany's ZDF television said the two missing people were believed to be embassy guards.

One of the men is 38-years-old and the other is 25. They were arriving for a normal rotation at the embassy, the German Foreign Ministry told CNN.

Reuters reported that an Iraqi newspaper printed pictures of two men who went missing on April 7 on a road near the volatile Sunni town of Fallujah.

The Al Raqeeb newspaper said the embassy told the paper it feared they had been kidnapped.

Several foreigners have been taken hostage on dangerous roads between Baghdad and Amman which pass through the Fallujah area, where Sunni guerrillas have been fighting U.S. troops over the past week.

A foreign ministry spokeswoman in Berlin told Reuters: "There are no indications they have been kidnapped." She did not provide any further details.

The German embassy in Baghdad was referring all inquiries to the foreign ministry in Berlin.

Many people used land routes to come into Iraq because of the danger of planes being hit by missiles.

-- CNN Producer Claudia Otto in Berlin contributed to this report


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