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JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Hostage-takers in Iraq have not made any demands to Jakarta for the release of two Indonesian women seized in Iraq, officials say.

The women were taken along with eight other hostages -- six Iraqis and two Cleanses -- in Iraq on Thursday.

During a news conference Friday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Marty Natalegawa verified the two women were shown in video broadcast on Arabic-language news channel Al-Jazeera.

The Indonesian government believes the women were not deliberately targeted because of their nationality because Jakarta has renounced the coalition presence in Iraq and has no troops there.

Natalegawa said the government has not yet received any formal indication of any terms or conditions under which the women might be released.

The network's anchor reported a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq distributed a tape in which it said it took the 10 hostages.

Al-Jazeera said the abductors demanded that their Lebanese employer, Qaswa al-Bawadi Company, stop doing business in Iraq.

Qaswa al-Bawadi then issued a statement on Al-Jazeera appealing to the abductors to release its captives and stating that the company does business with the Iraqi private sector only and that it has no dealings with U.S. forces in Iraq.

Jakarta is setting up a team including members of the Foreign Ministry and the Labor Ministry to determine what steps should be take toward releasing the hostages.

Natalegawa released the women's names, however the Indonesian government has not been able to locate their families or residences.

The Islamic Army in Iraq has also claimed to have kidnapped two French journalists.

CNN Producer Kathy Quijano contributed to this report


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