There was anxiety on Noriaki Imai's and Nahoko Takato's faces although they were set free, as they were the hostages of armed militants for days.
Yesterday, blood was shed for the first time in the kidnapping actions launched last week by the militants in Iraq. Having announced that they would assassinate four Italians, who were private security officers and kidnapped on Monday, if the Italian soldiers do not leave Iraq, killed hostage Fabrizio Quattrocchi. According to the statement of Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, Quattrocchi said, "I will show you how an Italian dies" when he understood that he would be assassinated.
The organization namely "Green Battalion", who assassinated Quattrochi, let out the threat that they would assassinate the remaining three hostages if the Italian soldiers do not leave Iraq.
The fact that Quattrochi of 36 years had been assassinated, was announced with a video cassette taken by the militants at the time of event which was sent to Al-Jazeerah broadcasting in Dubai.