Iraqi Abductors Execute Italian Hostage

APRIL 14, 2004 - Posted at 5:58 p.m. CDT

ROME - Italy confirms that an Italian hostage has been executed by his Iraqi abductors.

The Arab broadcast network Al-Jazeera says it has a video that shows the killing, but won't air it to protect the audience's feelings.

Italy's foreign minister says an Italian official has seen the video.  The hostage who was killed was abducted Monday, along with three other Italian security guards who were working for a U.S.-based company.

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