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ITALIAN HOSTAGE 'KILLED'
Sky News ^ | 8/26/04

Posted on 08/26/2004 3:45:52 PM PDT by areafiftyone

The kidnappers of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni, taken hostage in Iraq, have said that they have killed him, Al Jazeera has reported.     

The television station said it had received footage showing Mr Baldoni after he had been killed.

A group called the Islamic Army in Iraq had claimed to have seized Mr Baldoni, who disappeared near Najaf several days ago.   

The kidnappers were calling for Italy to withdraw its 2,700 troops from Iraq, the third largest foreign military contingent in the country, but Italy has refused.    

It said it killed Mr Baldoni because of the refusal, Al Jazeera reported.    

As well as reporting for Italian newspapers, Mr Baldoni was volunteering for the Red Cross while in Iraq.      

He and his driver-interpreter were reportedly caught in an ambush between Baghdad and Najaf. His driver was found dead on Saturday.      

Mr Baldoni's daughter Gabriella Baldoni, said: "He was trying to save human lives in Najaf by helping a Red Cross convoy in a spirit of solidarity which has always underscored his thinking and his actions." 

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said of the killing: "There are no words for an inhuman act which all at once wipes out centuries of civilisation and returns us to the dark times of barbarism."

Four other Italians have been taken hostage in Iraq since militants began employing the technique in April to pressure US allies and businesses to leave the country.

One of them, civilian security guard Fabrizio Quattrocchi, was shot dead, while three others were released unharmed.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: berlusconi; enzobaldoni; fabrizioquattrocchi; hostages; iraq; islamicarmyiniraq; islamicarmyofiraq; italy; muslims; quattrocchi; redcross; religionofpieces
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To: johnb838

They'll be in hell for eternity IF they don't repent and recognize the Judeo Christian God. Eternity is a looooonnngggg time. Hopefully we'll get them while on this earth and punish them.


51 posted on 08/27/2004 9:26:46 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: areafiftyone

God bless Italy and God bless the man who was butchered. May there be a special place in hell, hotter than all the rest, for these militants.


52 posted on 08/27/2004 9:41:05 AM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD is STILL in control, even if Bush loses in 2004!)
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To: Rutles4Ever

My grandmother and grandfather were Calabrese.


53 posted on 08/27/2004 10:09:42 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: johnb838

I know what you mean. I can't think of anything bad enough to describe thier actions. Monsters is a good as any word for them. Monsters to the tenth power. My heart goes out to the family.


54 posted on 08/28/2004 10:26:00 AM PDT by Walnut
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