Friday, April 15, 2011
al-Qaida-linked Tavbid wal-Jihad kidnap Italian
Italian human rights activist was kidnapped in the Gaza Strip by the al-Qaida-linked radical terrorist group Tawhid wal-Jihad, the group announced on Thursday.
From Sky News photo
The radical Islamist terror organization Tawhid wal-Jihad announced on Thursday that it has kidnapped an Italian human rights activist in the Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported.
According to sources in the Strip, Victorio Larginoni arrived on one of the first flotillas to Gaza several years ago and has been living there since, according to the report.
In a video released by the group, the captive can be seen blindfolded with his hands tied. Tawhid made an ultimatum to Hamas that if it doesn't release one of its senior members by 5 p.m. Friday, that it will execute the Italian national, Israel Radio reported.
The ISM admitted that he is one of theirs.
His name is spelled Vittorio Arrigoni, and his anti-Israel articles are all over the Internet, mostly in Italian.
UPDATE: Here's the video (h/t Israellycool)
UPDATE 2: Here's a blog post where our prisoner complains that the French Foreign Minister expressed solidarity with Gilad Shalit. You know, the other person being held prisoner in Gaza, one that Vittorio did not have much sympathy for.
He signs off that post with "Stay human and angry!"
It sounds like his kidnappers are taking the second half of that statement quite seriously.
His Facebook page has lots of vile anti-Israel photos.
UPDATE 3: He was found dead.
Elder of Ziyon