The Arabic satellite channel Al-Jazeera says militants in Iraq have beheaded a South Korean hostage. The network said it had received a video tape announcing the execution of 33-year-old Kim Sun-il.
The militants linked to terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had threatened to kill Mr. Kim unless South Korea removed its troops from Iraq. South Korea refused to withdraw its 600 troops in Iraq and said it plans to go ahead and send 3,000 more in August.
The militants issued their demands in a video released late Sunday, in which Mr. Kim was seen pleading for his life. The translator was kidnapped last week in Fallujah.
Meanwhile, two Iraqis have been killed by a car bomb in Baghdad. And in northern Iraq, police are investigating the murders of Layla Abdullah Saad, the dean of law at Mosul University, and her husband.