Video: Pakistani Hostages Executed

News24 (SA) – Hostages executed in Iraq

A militant group holding two Pakistani contractors hostage said on Wednesday it had killed the men, according to the Pan-Arab television station Al-Jazeera.

The group, calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq, announced in a video sent to Al-Jazeera on Monday that it had kidnapped two Pakistanis working for US forces and had sentenced them to death because their country was discussing sending troops to Iraq. In a new videotape sent to the station Wednesday the men said they had carried out their threat, the station reported. The newsreader said the video showed the corpses of the two men. The station did not show the footage.

The kidnapped men were identified by Pakistan as engineer Raja Azad, 49, and driver Sajad Naeem, 29.

Via Command Post

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