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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Embassy Killings Confirmed

APIn a video still, two men preparing to kill a blindfolded Russian hostage.
The Foreign Ministry on Monday confirmed the death of several employees of its embassy in Iraq.

The ministry's statement came a day after the al-Qaida-linked Mujahedin Shura Council said that it had killed the four men, who were seized earlier this month. The group posted a video showing the killing of three men on a web site that has been used to broadcast militant messages.

"It is with deep pain that we report that the seizure of the workers of the Russian embassy in Iraq has, judging by everything, ended in an irremediable way despite all efforts taken for the freeing of our people," the statement said.

The kidnappers had demanded the Kremlin pull federal troops out of Chechnya.

Moscow vehemently opposed the U.S.-led military campaign and has continued to keep its distance from Washington on the issue of Iraq. Four Russian workers were killed in ambushes in Iraq in 2004.

Anatoly Safonov, President Vladimir Putin's envoy for anti-terrorism, said Russia would do everything possible to bring the diplomats' abductors to justice, Interfax reported.