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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Nepalese hostages killed in Iraq

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Nepalese hostages killed in Iraq: "Nepalese hostages killed in Iraq
Twelve Nepalese hostages have been killed by their captors in Iraq.
A Nepalese diplomat confirmed the deaths hours after images were put on a website, apparently showing one man being beheaded and 11 being shot dead.
Nepal's ambassador to Qatar said it was one of the 'worst days' in his country's history.
The militants said the 12 Nepalis had been executed because they 'came from their country to fight the Muslims and to serve the Jews and the Christians'.
The group, Army of Ansar al-Sunna, said the men were being punished for helping the US, and it had 'carried out the sentence of God' against them.
Many foreigners have been captured in Iraq and some have been killed, but this is by far the largest killing of hostages.
Among at least 20 people still being held by militants are two French journalists whose captors have given France until Tuesday evening to revoke a ban on Islamic headscarves in state schools. "

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