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Body Of Abducted Italian Activist Found In Gaza


Security officials have found the body of an Italian pro-Palestinian activist who had been abducted in the Gaza Strip.

Vittorio Arigoni was abducted by a Jihadist Salafi group in the Gaza strip aligned with Al-Qaeda. They had threatened to kill him unless their leader, arrested last month by the Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza, was released.

Hamas security officials said Arigoni's body was found in an abandoned house hours after he was abducted on April 14. The officials said two men were arrested.

Arigoni was the first foreigner abducted in Gaza in more than three years. The Italian Foreign Ministry in a statement on April 15 denounced what it called his "barbaric murder."

compiled from agency reports
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