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Islamic militant group Army of Ansar al-Sunna said it has killed a Japanese hostage
Islamic militant group Army of Ansar al-Sunna said it has killed a Japanese hostage and posted footage allegedly showing his bloodied body, according to an Internet video. The video showed identification papers and a passport bearing the name of Akihiko Saito, 44, a former paratrooper and veteran of the French Foreign Legion, who had been missing in Iraq since May 8. The footage, which was not dated but was seen by Reuters on Saturday, showed the body of a dead man lying on his back with blood covering his face. He appeared to resemble Saito`s pictures, tells Reuters. According to CNN News, Saito, who worked in Iraq for a British security company, was among five foreign workers ambushed by insurgents in the Anbar province west of Baghdad in early May. The other four were confirmed dead. An Islamic Web site previously used to publish insurgent announcements posted a video showing Saito before and after his his death. Iraqi Minister for National Security Affairs Abdul Karim Al-Inzi said there were "significant efforts" by the Japanese and Iraqi governments to gain Saito's release but that "the killing happened before they were able to reach a solution with the kidnappers."
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