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Militant Group Claims Killing Of Three Hostages In Iraq


16 September 2004 -- A group linked to Al-Qaeda has claimed the killing of three truck drivers in Iraq, as several more foreign hostages were seized today by militants.

A group calling itself the Army of Ansar al-Sunna posted a video showing three captive men who identified themselves and spoke in Arabic. The video showed what appeared to be the killing of the hostages.

The video was released a day after the decapitated bodies of three men were found on a road north of Baghdad.

Meanwhile today, armed men abducted two Americans and one British national from their homes in western Baghdad.

Police reported that a Syrian truck driver was also kidnapped. But another truck driver, a Jordanian, was reportedly released by his captors.

More than 100 foreign nationals have been kidnapped in recent months in Iraq. Most have been released, but about 20 hostages have been executed.

(Agencies)
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