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Another fake execution similar to that of Nichoals Berg, has taken place. The pattern points to CIA disinformation.
Islamic Militants are said to have 'beheade a US hostage Paul Marshall Johnson
Photographs showing the body of Johnson, who was abducted in Riyadh last week, were published on the same mysterious Islamic website, Al Islah.
the execution is claimed by the "Organisation of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula". The statement is as follows:
"As we promised the mujahideen, we have beheaded the American hostage Paul Marshall after the deadline that the mujahideen gave to the tyrannical Saudi government passed," it says.
"This is God's voice raising in anger... at the treatment of Muslims in Abu Ghraib... Guantanamo and others," the statement continues.
Al- Qaeda, the statement says, had killed Mr Johnson because of "what Muslims have suffered from American Apache helicopters and their rockets".
Mr Johnson had been working as a helicopter engineer for US defence contractor Lockheed Martin in Saudi Arabia.
The killing came despite pleas for mercy from Mr Johnson's family broadcast in the Arab world, including on the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya channel.
His son had said his father was simply doing his job and begged the kidnappers to set him free for Fathers' Day this weekend.
On Friday, Islamic religious leaders had warned the kidnappers against the use of violence.
Sheikh Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid told worshippers at the Great Mosque in Mecca that hostage-taking and murder were grave sins under Islam.
"Killing a soul without justification is one of the gravest sins under Islam, it is as bad as polytheism," the state-appointed cleric said at Islam's holiest shrine.
"Whoever kills any person under our protection will not go to heaven. The blood of people under our protection is forbidden... they are on a par with Muslims," he added.
Saudi authorities had stepped up their efforts to find Mr Johnson as the deadline loomed.
Several thousand officers swept through Riyadh, going from door to door in some areas. The desert outskirts of the city were also being searched.
In May kidnappers linked to al-Qaeda beheaded a 26-year-old American in Iraq, placing graphic images of the beheading on an Islamist website.
They said Nicholas Berg was killed to avenge the abuse of Iraqi detainees by US forces in Iraq.
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