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Iraqi Christian Couple of US Embassy Kidnapped and Murdered
Baghdad, persecution4christ, July 10, 2007: An elderly Christian couple of Iraq, who were the staff of US Embassy in Baghdad had been kidnapped and murdered at the end of May.
Mr. Ryan Crocker, the US Ambassador in Iraq confirmed it on July 8 that two of his staff members had been abducted and murdered in Baghdad.
"The two were an elderly couple, both Christian Iraqis. The man was kidnapped in May while coming out of his bank, and the kidnappers subsequently called his wife and demanded a ransom of 30,000 US Dollars."
"The woman raised the money on her own and attempted to deliver it to the kidnappers, but she herself was abducted in the process and both were murdered," embassy staff added.
On May 30, a radical Islamic insurgent group, the Islamic State of Iraq, posted a message on the jihadi website Al Firdos, claiming responsibility for the murders and saying that they were "executing God's judgment on two of the American Embassy employees."
They also warned that they would continue to kill "the crusaders, their employees, and those who lick their shoes."
Source: Persecution for Christ
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