Home>News Center>World

Website posting: 2 Italian hostages slain
Updated: 2004-09-23 09:13

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.

An Islamist group in Iraq has said it killed Italian hostages Simona Pari (L) and Simona Torretta in a statement posted on an Internet site not often used by Iraqi militants. The group, calling itself the Jihad Organization, said it had killed the women after Italy did not heed its call to withdraw its forces from Iraq. The women are volunteers for the Italian aid organization 'Un Ponte Per Baghdad' (A Bridge for Baghdad). [Reuters]

Also, the site used by the Islamic Jihad Organization has not been regularly used by Iraqi militants to relay their statements.

Italian state radio's correspondent in New York, covering Foreign Minister Franco Frattini at the U.N. General Assembly session, quoted ministry spokesman Michele Valensise saying there was no confirmation of the claim. Frattini had been in contact with the Italian embassy in Baghdad, state radio said early Thursday.

The Italian Foreign Ministry's Crisis Unit in Rome said it was trying to check out the authenticity of the claim.

Ten days ago, the Islamic Jihad group claimed to be holding the women and was on a different Web site.

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.

  Today's Top News     Top World News

World press praises China's orderly power transfer



China, Kyrgyzstan tap co-operation potential



Website posting: 2 Italian hostages slain



Student takes tuition trouble to court



China to succeed in macroeconomic control



China tops investment destinations


  UK hostage pleads for life on videotape
  Suicide attack kills 2 in Israel; 16 hurt
  US agrees to release terror suspect
  Haiti death toll passes 700 after storm
  FM spokesman: UN is not a "board of directors"
  US Fed raises rates for third time
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools  
  Related Stories  
UK hostage pleads for life on videotape
Iraq turns over decapitated corpse to U.S.
One of two Iraqi female prisoners may be freed
Website: 2nd US hostage killed in Iraq
US, British hostages face beheading in Iraq
Video shows beheading of American hostage
Hostages face death in Iraq
  News Talk  
  Are the Republicans exploiting the memory of 9/11?