American Hostage Jack Hensley Beheaded

Zarqawi Group Says Kills U.S. Hostage in Iraq-TV (Reuters)

A militant group headed by al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has killed an American captive in Iraq after the lapse of a 24-hour deadline on Tuesday, Arabic channel Al Jazeera said. It said a statement announcing the killing by the Tawhid and Jihad group had been posted on the Internet. It gave no further details.

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Update:

Web Site Claims U.S. Hostage Killed in Iraq (AP)

An Islamic Web site posting Tuesday claimed an al-Qaida-related group slaughtered a second American hostage in Iraq, an announcement that came as the group’s 24-hour deadline for meeting its demands expired. “The nation’s zealous children slaughtered the second American hostage … after the end of the deadline,” said the statement. The posting was made under the pseudonym Abu Maysara al-Iraqi, who has posted past statements on behalf of Tawhid and Jihad, a militant group led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Although the brief statement did not identify by name who had been killed, the announcement came a day after graphic footage of the beheading of American construction engineer Eugene Armstrong. That videotape had threatened to kill another of the three hostages abducted Thursday with Armstrong – either American Jack Hensley or Briton Kenneth Bigley. The Tuesday night statement said the American had been killed. It said video of the killing would be posted “soon.”

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