Grisly footage of execution of US hostage in Iraq posted on internet

Wext: Wednesday, 22.September. @ 00:00:00 CEST


DUBAI ( AFP ), 20 / 09 / 2004 — Footage of the execution of an American hostage in Iraq was posted on an Islamist website in the name of the Unity and Holy War group of suspected Al-Qaeda operative Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi.

The grisly videotape showed five masked gunmen behead Eugene "Jack" Armstrong before placing his severed head on his back.

The executioner read out a long statement immediately before the killing, threatening to take the life of another hostage in 24 hours if London and Washington continued to ignore demands for the release of Iraqi women prisoners in coalition custody.

A statement in the name of loyalists of Zarqawi, Iraq's most wanted man, had set an original 48 hour deadline Saturday.

British engineer Kenneth Bigley and fellow American Jack Hensley were abducted along with Armstrong from their smart Baghdad home on Thursday. All three worked for a contracting firm -- Gulf Supplies and Commercial Services.

Source: AFP

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