Text of Statement on Killing of Italian Hostages
DUBAI (Reuters) - Here is the full text of a statement by an Islamic group posted on the Internet in Arabic on Wednesday saying it had killed two Italian hostages in Iraq.
"In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Praise be to God, the Lord of this world and the next, and may His peace be upon the leader of his mujahideen. We in the Jihad Organization in Iraq announce that God's verdict has been passed on the two Italian prisoners by slaughtering, after the Italian government headed by the vile (Prime Minister Silvio) Berlusconi did not listen to our one condition to withdraw from Iraq. We in the Jihad Organization warn the Italian government that we will continue to strike, and to strike every foreigner living in Iraq. We will not relent and we will not yield until we dig your graves in every inch of the land of Iraq. We will make Iraq a cemetery for you and all those who let themselves be seduced into committing aggression against Iraq. Those who have done wrong will meet their fate. The Jihad Organization, Iraq, September 22, 2004."