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Killed on video in Iraq for his belief in Buddha
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Agu 31, 2004 11: 23 EST
We have reported earlier on Sherpas moon-lighting off season in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, where they cook for the Army and help out with general tasks, much like they do for expeditions in Himalaya. Armed Nepalese personnel, many former British army Gurkhas – work for security firms guarding foreign contractors in Iraq. The guys are just as popular with the Army as they are with the expeditions for their eagerness to work and friendly smiles.

Today twelve of them were killed in Iraq. On video. The report is not yet confirmed, but if true, it's the largest number of foreign hostages killed at one time in Iraq. The video shows a masked man cutting the throat of the nepali workers and displaying the head for the camera.
Others were shot and it was all taped on a four-minute video, published on a website.

America is blamed, but the fact is that the people killed were twelve poor nepalese workers.

"We have carried out the sentence of God against 12 Nepalese who came from their country to fight the Muslims and to serve the Jews and the Christians ... believing in Buddha as their God," said a statement on the site by Jaish Ansar al-Sunna.

Image of a Sherpa performing Puja ceremony at the foot of Mount Everest, ExplorersWeb files.
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