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South Korean Man Beheaded in Iraq

HeadlineJun 23, 2004

A 33-year-old South Korean man was beheaded in Iraq just days after he was taken hostage. Kim Sun-il had been in Iraq for the past year as a translator and planned on becoming a Christian missionary. His captives had threatened to kill him if South Korea did not pull its troops from Iraq. Kim Sun-il’s family condemned the South Korean government for its handling of the crisis. His mother said “My poor son was killed by the government.” Kim was last seen alive in a video where he plead for his release. While flanked by three masked men, Kim screamed “Korean soldiers, get out of here. I don’t want to die. I don’t want to die.”

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