Zarqawi apparently denies involvement
A group headed by Abu Musab al Zarqawi appeared to deny that it had bought the two Simonas, as had been claimed by Foreign Minister Hamid al-Bayati. Reuters reports that the statement was posted on a website yestarday: "The Tawhid and Jihad group affirms to all that the report that we bought the Italians is a lie. We urge the brothers and sisters not to be hasty in picking up news." The Tawhid and Jihad group does however hold a Brition Kenneth Bigley and an American, Jack Hensley, and killed another American, Eugene Armstrong, yestarday.