BAGHDAD, Iraq – The body of American Tom Fox, who was among four Christian peace activists kidnapped last year, was found near a west Baghdad railway line with gunshot wounds to his head and chest, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said Saturday.
A U.S. military official in Baghdad confirmed that American forces picked up Fox’s remains on Thursday evening but had no condition on the body.
A police patrol was also on the scene, said Falah al-Mohammedawi, an official with the Interior Ministry, which oversees police. He said Fox was found with his hands tied and gunshots to his head and chest. There were also cuts on his body and bruises on his head, al-Mohammedawi said.
There was no immediate word on the whereabouts of Fox’s fellow hostages: Canadians James Loney, 41; Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32; and Briton Norman Kember, 74. They were last seen in a video dated Feb. 28 that was broadcast Tuesday on Arab television. Fox did not appear in the brief footage.
The previously unknown Swords of Righteousness Brigades claimed responsibility for kidnapping the four workers, who disappeared Nov. 26.