Group Says It Killed U.S. Hostage

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Friday, December 9, 2005

CAIRO, Dec. 8 -- An Iraqi insurgent group said Thursday in a statement posted on the Internet that it had killed a kidnapped U.S. security consultant. The White House said it could not confirm the death.

The Islamic Army in Iraq said it had killed "the American security consultant for the Housing Ministry" after the United States failed to respond to its demand for the release of Iraqi prisoners. The statement did not name the hostage and provided no pictures, video or other evidence that he had been killed.

A video issued by the group and broadcast Tuesday on al-Jazeera, an Arabic satellite channel, showed a hostage -- identified as Ronald Schulz, 40, an industrial electrician from Alaska -- sitting with his hands tied behind his back.

His brother, Ed, said he served in the Marine Corps from 1984 to 1991.

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