Atwar Bahjat Beheading Video a Hoax (Images / Video)

Rusty Shackleford reports,

A gruesome beheading video delivered to the Sunday Times proporting to be of slain journalist Atwar Bahjat is a hoax. On Sunday, May 7th, the Times reported that they had received a low-quality video of Atwar Bahjat being slowly beheaded. That video is now being circulated on the internet as the “Atwar Bahjat” beheading video.

The Jawa Report can reveal that the Times and Halal Jabar, the author of the article, are victims of a hoax. The video actually shows the gruesome murder of a Nepalese man by the Army of Ansar al-Sunna in Iraq from August of 2004.

Much more at the link, including gruesome images and video.

One wonders how such hoaxes get into the press. While there have been far too many of these hostage beheadings, there have not been so many as to render them indistinguishable.

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