Two separate groups are claiming they have Italian reporter Giuliana Sgrena. The first group, the Islamic Jihad Organization
, set a 72 hour deadline for Italy to remove it's troops from Iraq. The second and latest group, the Jihad Organization
, says it will kill Sgrena by Monday if Italy doesn't remove it's troops. Either they really screwed up and can't remember their own name or one or both claims are false. Both messages were posted on websites not normally used by terrorist groups.
An Islamist militant group in Iraq claimed responsibility for kidnapping an Italian journalist and threatened to kill her by Monday, following a kidnap claim from another group, according to an Internet statement.
The statement, which could not immediately be authenticated, was signed by a group calling itself the Jihad Organization. It threatened to kill Giuliana Sgrena by Monday if Italy did not withdraw its troops from Iraq.
A group with a similar name, the Islamic Jihad Organization, claimed Friday also to have taken Sgrena and set a 72-hour deadline for Italy to remove its troops, but did not specifically threaten to kill her.
"We in the Jihad Organization ... announce that we will implement God's law (kill) on the Italian prisoner Giuliana Sgrena after 48 hours if the Italian government, headed by the criminal Berlusconi, does not announce it will withdraw (troops) from Iraq," said the statement dated Saturday.
Like Friday's statement from the Islamic Jihad Organization, the threat was posted on a site not used by the main Iraqi insurgent groups.
For more information see the Diggers Realm Giuliana Sgrena Archives
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The Jawa Report is also seeing a lot of inconsistencies in this incident.