From FoxNews: Report: Second American Hostage Killed.
An Al Qaeda-linked group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi claimed Tuesday to have killed the second of two American hostages -- back-to-back slayings that have notched up the Jordanian militant's ruthless campaign of terror.
The claim, posted on an an Islamic Web site, could not immediately be verified.
Al-Zarqawi's group, Tawhid and Jihad, kidnapped two Americans -- Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong -- and Briton Kenneth Bigley on Thursday from a home that the three civil engineers shared in an upscale Baghdad neighborhood. Al-Zarqawi beheaded Armstrong, and the militants on Monday posted a gruesome video of the 52-year-old man's death.
An Internet statement purportedly by a group which claimed to have kidnapped two Italian aid workers in Iraq said Wednesday it had killed the women. The Web site posting could not be immediately verified. Also, the site used by the Islamic Jihad Organization has not been regularly used by Iraqi militants to relay their statements. [...]
The Italians, Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, both 29, were seized from their Baghdad offices by armed militants on Sept. 7. They worked for "Un Ponte Per ..." ("A Bridge to ...") and were involved in school and water projects in Iraq.
"We in the Jihad Organization of Iraq declared that the verdict of God Almighty against the two Italian prisoners has been carried out, by slaughtering them," the statement said.
UPDATE II: This cartoon appears in the Sept. 23 (Thursday's) Investor's Business Daily.
UPDATE III -- September 28: Good news: Italian Hostages in Iraq are Freed, Berlusconi Says.
Posted by Forkum at September 21, 2004 10:24 PM