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Militants in Iraq Threaten to Kill Second Western Hostage - 2004-09-21


Militants in Iraq who beheaded an American are threatening to kill a second Western hostage Tuesday unless coalition forces free all women prisoners in Iraq.

The militants posted a videotape of the execution of Eugene Armstrong on the Internet Monday. In the video, a masked militant said wanted terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi personally killed the hostage, whose body was later recovered and identified.

Another American is being held, along with a British national.

The three men, who worked for a construction company, were abducted from their home in Baghdad last week.

The United States and Britain have condemned the killing. President Bush vowed Monday he would not bow to the kidnappers' demands.

Meanwhile, A Turkish company says it is suspending operations in Iraq to save the lives of 10 of its employees who were taken hostage in Iraq and are facing death threats.

A company statement said the 10 kidnapped men are innocent civilians who went to Iraq to serve the Iraqi people and earn a livelihood.

The company also denied the kidnappers' claim that it was an "American-Turkish" enterprise.

In a videotape broadcast by Arabic language Al Jazeera television network Saturday, the kidnappers threatened to kill the Turkish workers if the company did not leave Iraq.

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