Threat to kill Italian hostages

An Iraqi group has reportedly threatened to kill its three Italian hostages unless protests are held in Italy against Rome's policies in Iraq.

    The Italians were taken hostage on 12 April

    A statement publicised on Monday from a group calling itself the Green Brigade said Italian people had five days to demonstrate or the three hostages would be killed.

      

    The statement, received by Dubai-based al-Arabiya television, which aired footage of the trio, said the men were kidnapped because they were "spies".

     

    Footage was shown in the video of the three, sitting behind a small table and

    eating from a large pot with their fingers. The hostages were bearded and their faces looked drawn. It was not clear when the video was made.

      

    One of four Italian security guards kidnapped by the Iraqi group on 12 April was executed two days later, and the others were threatened with death if Italy failed to withdraw its troops from Iraq.

      

    Italy maintains a 3000-strong battalion in Iraq serving under the US occupation command.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.