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AMV condemns murder of American engineers

Sept. 22, 2004: The American Muslim Voice (AMV) today strongly denounced the brutal murder of American civil engineers, Eugene Armstrong and Jack Hensley, in Iraq and called for an immediate release of all hostages currently held in Iraq.

Eugene Armstrong, Jack Hensley and their colleague, Kenneth Bigley (a British citizen), were abducted on Sept. 16 from a downtown villa in Baghdad in a chilling expansion of the kidnapping campaign against foreign civilians in Iraq. Eugene Armstrong was murdered on Sept. 20 while Jack Hensley was executed on Sept. 21 by the militant group Tawhid and Jihad in Iraq. The group has threatened to execute Kenneth Bigley.

In a statement, the AMV Executive Director, Samina Faheem Sundas said: “We denounce this latest act of beheadings and repudiate all those who perpetrated this crime. We also call for an immediate release of all hostages currently held in Iraq, irrespective of their nationality or faith.

“While offering our sincere condolences to the bereaved families, we affirm that killing of innocent people does not serve any cause. Violence is never an acceptable tool in fulfilling political goals. Instead, it represents a morally bankrupt approach to obtaining power.

“Islam is against the killing of innocent people as Quran says: "If anyone slays a human being, it shall be as though he had slain all mankind" (5:32). We believe this beheading was a barbaric act that is against humanity and against Islam.”