Italian Hostage Enzo Baldoni Murdered

For the latest news on hostages in Iraq please go to the MAIN PAGE HERE.

UPDATE: Italian hostage Salvatore Santoro Murdered by Terrorists in Iraq. News, information, and images here.
-----------------------------------------
benzo1.gifBastards. Fu**ing bastards. Can't they let one freaking day go by without murdering another hostage??? To make it worse, Enzo Baldoni was there with the Red Cross trying to help Iraq heal. I let my class out early for what? This story via M.H. King:

The hostage takers who grabbed Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni on the road between Baghdad and Najaf in Iraq have killed him, the Italian government confirmed Thursday.

"We can confirm it was him, unfortunately," a spokesman for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said.

Arabic language television channel Al Jazeera said Baldoni's kidnappers killed him because Italy refused to heed their earlier deadline to withdraw troops from Iraq.

"The group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq said they executed the Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni because Italy did not respond to their demand to withdraw troops from Iraq within 48 hours," the Arabic language channel Al Jazeera said.

Al Jazeera showed a video of Baldoni, 56, speaking to the camera in front of the group's banner, but no audio could be heard. The television said it would not air footage showing Baldoni's dead body out of respect for his family.

Berlusconi responded quickly with a statement reiterating his determination to keep Italian forces in the U.S.-led coalition and condemning Baldoni's killing.

"There are no words for an act lacking any humanity and which at a stroke cancels out centuries of civilization and takes us back to the dark ages of barbarity," he said.

Italian newspapers said Baldoni and his driver-interpreter were caught in an ambush between Baghdad and Najaf, scene of a Shi'ite rebellion. His driver was found dead Saturday.

Tuesday, the Islamic Army in Iraq gave Italy 48 hours to withdraw its 2,700 troops from Iraq or Baldoni would be killed.

Italy, which has the third-largest foreign military contingent in the country, refused to bow to the kidnappers' demands.

As well as a reporter for the Milan-based weekly "Diario," Baldoni was volunteering for the Red Cross while in Iraq, his daughter, Gabriella Baldoni, told Italian television on Wednesday.

"He was trying to save human lives in Najaf by helping a Red Cross convoy in a spirit of solidarity which has always underscored his thinking and his actions," she told RAI television.
Four other Italians have been taken hostage in Iraq since militants began employing the technique in April to pressure U.S. allies and businesses to leave the country.

One of them, civilian security guard Fabrizio Quattrocchi, was shot dead. The three others were released unharmed.

The Islamic Army in Iraq claimed responsibility for the death of an Iranian diplomat in Iraq earlier this month and showed the man in a videotape. It also was reported to have killed two Pakistani hostages in July.

Just two days ago Burlesconi told the terrorist vaffanculo! Italy reemphasized that stance today. Expect updates.

Others Blogging: M.H. King, Jane, Diggers Realm, Jeff Quinton

Posted by: Rusty at 07:01 PM

Comments

1 Its so sad. And outragous. Infuriating. And that these other countries have bowed before this bloody monster is incomprehensable.

Posted by: Jane at August 26, 2004 08:18 PM

2 a muerte tutti gli arabi

Posted by: jody at October 19, 2004 10:26 AM

3 Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid. Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)

Posted by: discount toric contact lenses at November 28, 2004 09:28 AM

4 MUITO CHOCANTE.NÃO ACREDITO QUE EXISTE SER HUMANO CAPAZ DE FAZER ISTO...QUEM O FEZ, FEZ COM O PENSAMENTO DE ÓDIO QUE ALGUNS EXTREMISTAS ESTÃO ALIMENTANDO CONTRA O OCIDENTE...A ELIMINAÇÃO DE UM ÚNICO SER, OU ALGUNS, EM REPRESÁLIA A AÇÃO DE GOVERNANTES MOTIVADOS POR GANÂNCIA E INTERESSE ECONÔMICO NÃO JUSTIFICA TAL AÇÃO.
SÃO DOIS LADOS OPOSTOS, MAS QUE SÃO BRUTOS DA MESMA FORMA....QUAL A DIFERENÇA ENTRE DEGOLAR ALGUÉM OU JOGAR UMA BOMBA NUMA CIDADE??????NADA JUSTIFICA A VIOLÊNCIA NEM DE UM LADO, NEM DE OUTRO.
SOU TOTALMENTE CONTRA A GUERRA!
PORQUE TODO O DINHEIRO EMPREGADO NA COMPRA DOS ARMAMENTOS PARA ESTA GUERRA,NÃO É UTILIZADO PARA MATAR A FOME NA ÁFRICA????


LÁ NÃO TEM PETRÓLEO..........

Posted by: OKRASZEWSKI at December 05, 2004 08:26 AM

5 incroyable ces gens ... le peuple d'irak sont rempli de haine et ne font pas de différence entre ceux qui veullent aier et ceux qui veullent les nuirent. Je sui milirtaire canadien francais et je n'hésitarais pas a aider les gens comme je l ai fait dans le passé (Haiti-bosnie-timore).

Ne les laissont pas a leur sort... trop de haine planne au dessus de leur tête...

Posted by: eric at February 04, 2005 08:05 AM

6 we should kick foreigners and americans in their ass , because they should leave iraq, usa and their foreces are nuisance here and are there to cause trouble , usa and their allies are fuking bastards, i think bush should be shot...i have arab decent , yes i come from a country that doesn't have to do with that corrupt America thank God... those who help america are assholes

Posted by: unkown at April 07, 2005 04:43 AM

7 It's already ready Evil for Muslims!! Americans never will have a country! Only a mix race of the dirty peoples who invaded indians.It's only to wait...

Posted by: Dante at June 06, 2005 10:10 AM

8 they r doing it for allah, people who comment will get them more angry so dont comment or swear about them this will ignite more anger

Posted by: believa at August 09, 2005 09:48 AM

9 Today I received an e-mail with this terrible news. I met Enzo in 2000. He'd returned from one of his trips to East Timor. We had a lot of fun diving at Perhentian Islands Malaysia.

I will always remember him as a warm and very kind man. My heart goes out to his family and may God be with them.

Bart AKA ScuBart

Posted by: ScuBart at November 04, 2005 12:17 PM






Processing 0.0, elapsed 0.005 seconds.
15 queries taking 0.0035 seconds, 17 records returned.
Page size 12 kb.
Powered by Minx 0.7 alpha.