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Saturday, October 30, 2004

Headless body of Asian-looking man found in Baghdad: ministry

BAGHDAD, Oct. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- The decapitated body of an Asian-looking man was found in Baghdad on Saturday, an official from the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.

"A decapitated body was retrieved behind the al-Karma hospital, near to Haifa Street," said Adnan Abdul Rahman.

"The head, which was next to the body, had Asian characteristics," he said.

But he could not confirm that the body belonged to the Japanese man who was taken hostage by Iraqi militants.

On Tuesday, the Islamic militant group of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said that it had kidnapped a Japanese citizen, identified as Shosei Koda, threatening to execute him if Tokyo did not withdraw troops from Iraq within 48 hours.

The Japanese government has refused the demand. Enditem
:: Xinhuanet - English ::

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