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Iraq Group Threatens to Behead South Korean Hostage - 2004-06-20


An Iraqi group has released a video in which it threatens to behead a South Korean hostage if the South Korean government does not withdraw its troops from Iraq.

In the video, one of the three hooded kidnappers threatens to send the head of the hostage to the South Korean government if it does not comply within 24 hours. The hostage is seen in the video pleading for his life. The group identifies itself as linked to terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

The broadcast of the video Sunday came hours after the al-Qaida network terrorist cell operating in Saudi Arabia says it has replaced its leader, who was slain by Saudi Arabian security forces Friday.

The website Voice of Jihad says former prison guard Saleh al-Oufi has been named to replace Abdulaziz al-Muqrin, who was killed by Saudi forces after he and and his members of his cell beheaded American hostage Paul Johnson Junior.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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