15 Apr '11, 10pm

Gaza in shock as Islamists kill kidnapped Italian #fb

Gaza in shock as Islamists kill kidnapped Italian #fb

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories : Gaza was in shock and mourning Friday after a radical Islamist group killed an Italian activist just hours after kidnapping him in an act deplored by Rome as "barbaric." The victim, 36-year-old Vittorio Arrigoni who was working with the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement (ISM), was found dead by the security forces in a house in northern Gaza early on Friday. He had been hanged, Hamas security officials said. Arrigoni had been kidnapped a day earlier by a Salafist group which had demanded that Hamas release Salafist prisoners within a 30-hour deadline that was to have expired on Friday afternoon. It was not clear why they killed him. The murder drew widespread condemnation, from Gaza City to Rome. Hamas called the murder a "heinous crime" and vowed to hunt down the perpetrators, while Italy decried what it said was an "ac...

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