Guest Lottie Posted June 21, 2004 #1 Share Posted June 21, 2004 (edited) Korea gets Iraq hostage ultimatum The deadline expires at sunset on Monday Islamic militants in Iraq have threatened to execute a South Korean hostage within 24 hours. A video message called on South Korea to withdraw its armed forces from Iraq, three days after it said it would increase its troops there. In Seoul, officials held emergency talks and said that although they would seek the man's release there would be no change in the deployment plan. The militants are also holding 10 other foreigners, according to one report. The South Korean hostage's employer told Yonhap news agency that the foreigners included at least one European journalist and some people working for American firms. Deadline In the video released by the militants, Kim Sun-il, a 33-year-old translator working for a company that supplies the US army, screams: "Korean soldiers, please get out of here. I don't want to die. My life is important" The video was broadcast on the Arabic TV channel al-Jazeera, which said that it had arrived in an unmarked package at the station's Baghdad office. The two-minute tape showed the hostage surrounded by armed men wearing masks. "We ask you to withdraw your forces from our land and not to send any more troops, and if not we'll send you this Korean's head," said one of the men. The tape said that the 24-hour deadline would expire at sunset on Monday. A banner identified the group as Jamaat al-Tawhid and Jihad, which is led by a leading al-Qaeda member, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Last month, the same group beheaded an American hostage, Nick Berg, and it has been responsible for a number of other attacks, including the killing of Iraqi Governing Council head Ezzedine Salim. Continued here. Edited June 21, 2004 by Lottie Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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