CAIRO, Egypt – A man identified as a Turkish driver kidnapped in Iraq was beheaded in a video shown on an Islamic Web site Thursday.
The man's identity was not immediately apparent in the video, but he showed a document and spoke a few words in Turkish before he was killed.
The video appeared on the Web site of the Ansar al-Sunnah Army (search), an Iraqi militant group. A statement read out said the kidnappers belonged to the Tawhid and Jihad (search) group's "Qaqa Brigade," a reference to a commander who served Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
The video began with the white haired and bearded captive saying: "I am Ramadan."
"I drove a truck of supplies to the Americans. ... When I was coming back (to Turkey), the group captured me. I call on all Turkish drivers not to come to Iraq," he said.
He sat blindfolded with four masked gunmen behind him. One kidnapper said his group had sworn to oppose "the crusaders and those who help them."
"Death at the hands of the holy warriors will be the fate of those people, as you will see," said the kidnapper, who spoke Arabic but not with an Iraqi accent.
The captive was then pushed to the ground and decapitated.
Tawhid and Jihad is led by Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (search) and has claimed responsibility for car bombings and the beheadings of several foreign hostages. A videotape posted Wednesday on an Islamic Web site showed militants linked to al-Zarqawi beheading two Iraqis the terror group accused as spies.
There has been a surge in decapitations of both foreigners and Iraqis since last spring.
Insurgents in Iraq have kidnapped more than 150 foreigners in their campaign to drive out coalition forces and hamper reconstruction. Many Iraqis also have been killed on suspicion of cooperating with U.S.-led forces in Iraq, but Internet videos of beheadings generally have been of foreigners abducted to pressure foreign governments or companies to stop doing business with the Americans.