South Korean Beheaded In Iraq

This morning there was word of a deadline extension and negotiations. All for naught…

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CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – An Iraqi militant group has beheaded its South Korean hostage (Kim Sun-il), Al-Jazeera television reported Tuesday. The South Korean foreign ministry issued a statement confirming the report.

Kim’s body was found by the U.S. military between Baghdad and Fallujah, west of the capital, at 5:20 p.m. Iraq time, said South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Shin Bong-kil.

The South Korean embassy in Bagdad confirmed that the body was Kim by studying a picture of the remains it received by e-mail, Shin said.

“It breaks our heart that we have to announce this unfortunate news,” he said.

Al-Jazeera said it had received a videotape showing that Kim Sun-il had been executed.

Kim, 33, worked for a South Korean company supplying the U.S. military in Iraq and was abducted last week, according to the South Korean government.

Kim was shown in the videotape kneeling, blindfolded and wearing an orange jumpsuit similar to those issued to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The tape showed five hooded men standing behind Kim, one reading a statement and gesturing with his right hand. Another captor had a big knife slipped in his belt.

The video as broadcast did not show Kim being executed.Sounds like a carbon copy of the Nick Berg murder.

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Update: Based on the Nick Berg beheading, if video of Kim Sun-il’s murder exists it will likely show up at either Northeast Intellegence Network, Consumption Junction (NSFW), or Ogrish (NSFW). Whether you go look for it is up to you…

Update 2:: Video of Kim Sun-il’s murder is available at Consumption Junction (NSFW), and Ogrish (NSFW). Both have porn ads in addition to the graphic video. For a direct download of the the video from Consumption Junction (without the porn) click here.

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