BEIRUT — The radical Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine threatened today to kill three Americans and an Indian it holds hostage in retaliation for Palestinian deaths in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
In a statement delivered to the West Beirut offices of the independent An Nahar newspaper, the group warned: "We will use all cards in our hands, including the safety of the four American Mossad (Israeli intelligence) spies, if Israel persists in using criminal means in crushing the uprising and killing the innocents," said the three-page statement in Arabic.
The statement was accompanied by two instant color photos of American hostages Robert Polhill, 52, and Jesse Turner, 39. In the photos, Polhill, wearing a khaki top and a small beard, had two automatic rifles aimed at his head. Turner, in a red shirt, appeared bearded and his eyes were half-closed. Both appeared tired.
3 Killed in Gaza Strip
Turner, a professor of mathematics, and Polhill, an accountant, were kidnaped Jan. 24, along with two colleagues--American Alan Steen, 47, professor of communications, and Dr. Mithileshwar Singh, a native of India in his 60s--from the campus of Beirut University College.