December 16, 2004
Italian Hostage Salvatore Santoro Murdered by Terrorists in Iraq
It appears that Salvatore Santoro was only captured very recently. Reports about the Italian man going missing and reports of his death came almost simultaneously. Zaman reports that Mr. Santoro was working for a British non-governmental organization. Xinhua reports that Mr. Santoro was 52 and from the Campania region near Naples. The Islamic Movement of Iraqi Mujahidin is new to me, but could simply be another translation of The Islamic Army in Iraq which operates in Ramadi, where Mr. Santoro was taken captive. Al Jazeera:
Expect the video to be posted soon. Unlike the Margaret Hassan murder video, which was deemed too gruesome to show even by al Jazeera's standards, this one has some propaganda value. Muslims have fewer qualms killing infidel men than they do infidel women.
An Italian captive identified as Salvatore Santoro has been killed by his captors in Iraq, Aljazeera television reported.
Aljazeera on Thursday broadcast pictures of Santoro's passport and showed him sitting bound and blindfolded in a ditch with a gun to his head. In separate footage, four masked and armed men were shown reading a statement.
Quoting a statement from the "Islamic Movement of Iraqi Mujahidin", Aljazeera said Santoro had been killed after the group had found evidence that he supported the Americans....
A group of people took the photographer to Ramadi, in western Iraq, "where they showed him the body of a man and a passport.