A week after being captured in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, American hostage
Paul Johnson, age 49, has been beheaded by his captors. A statement from the group holding him hostage has been posted on an Al Qaeda website al
Islah along with photos and, reportedly, video of the act.
Three photos on the website show Mr. Johnson's severed head resting on his body.
Both video and photos are described as "horrific" and "graphic."
The video is described as showing Mr. Johnson's head placed on his back, and a large knife "stuck in his eye."
Paul Johnson's decapitated body has been found in the streets of east Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the Mowansiyah district. Saudi officials have not
indicated if the entirety of Mr. Johnson's remains were found or if the remains were partial.
A link to the photos posted to the al Islah website is provided below. Please be advised that the photos are extremely graphic and care should be
taken before viewing them.
A translation of the statement posted with the photos follows:
Source - Voice of Jihad publication Voice of the Mujahideen in the Arab Peninsula Subject: Killing of the American Paul Marshall Date: 1/5/1425
[6/18/2004] News Report No. 14 on the beheading of the American prisoner Paul Marshall (Johnson) Thanks to God, and prayer and peace on His messenger,
our Prophet Mohammad and His companions and followers.
As promised, and after the expiration of the ultimatum set by the Mujahideen to the Devils in the Saudi Government, the Mujahideen from the Fallujah
Detachment beheaded the American prisoner (Paul Marshall [sic]). This infidel received his fair punishment in this world before moving to the other
world. He got to taste some of what the Muslims suffered from the Apache American helicopters that grilled them with their fire flames, embers, and
missiles. The American infidel was one of four people in charge of the maintenance and system development of those helicopters.
With His help, we shall continue to fight the enemies of God, watching them everywhere, guided by the light of His book, and the law of His prophet,
prayer and peace on Him. We shall put out the fire in the chests of the Believers in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Arab Peninsula, and other
Muslim countries. We shall keep humiliating the Polytheists and Blasphemers’ soldiers until the erection of a government ruled by the Shari’a, the
Justice, and Attawhid. In our journey, we shall not pay attention to put the traitors down, or listen to the cawing of the failures that were
disclosed by God in this incident. They shouted in fury for the capture and killing of a Christian soldier while they did not have the courage to say
one word of truth in support of the oppressed Muslim prisoners who are being tortured at the hands of the adorers of the cross, and the devils of Abu
Ghraib, Al Ha’er, Guantanamo, Al Ruways and other prisons.
As for the Americans and their supporters, blasphemers and criminals who ganged up in their coalition for a war on Islam, this action is an example
and a lesson for them to be sure that those of them who came to our country will receive the same fate and God is our guide to the path of
Signed: Al Qaeda Organization in the Arab Peninsula
President Bush denounced the killing, calling Mr. Johnson's killers "barbaric people" who are trying to intimidate shake the will of the United
Vice President Cheney said, "They have no shame, not a shred of decency, and no mercy. America will hunt down the killers, one by one, and destroy
Secretary of State Colin Powell said, "It's an action of barbarism, an action that shows once again what the world is dealing with -- these kind of
individuals who would behead somebody or murder somebody in cold blood, an innocent individual who was just trying to help people and trying to do his
Abdul Aziz al-Muqrin, the leader of the group behind Mr. Johnson's death, has been killed in raids in Saudi Arabia as he and two other men were
disposing of Mr. Johnson's body.
Johnson has been held for nearly a week by a group claiming allegiance to Al Qaeda. He was captured in Riyadh on June 12th. His captors issued a
video of a bound and blindfolded Johnson along with a statement that Johnson would be executed in 72 hours if prisoners were not released from Saudi
The FBI sent a team to Saudi Arabia to try and locate Mr. Johnson. They are now reportedly working to find the group responsible for his death.
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- Paul Johnson's Body Found
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Al Qaeda Group Leader Killed in Saudi Arabia While Disposing of Johnson's Body
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WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES
Links to images of the beheading:
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