An al-Qaida-linked group said Sunday it had killed four Russian hostages in Iraq, according to a statement posted on the Internet.
The statement was posted alongside photos of the Russians in captivity, and said a video of the killings was also posted on the Web. The photos were stamped with the logo of al-Qaida.
"God's verdict has been carried out on the Russian diplomats ... in revenge for the torture, killing and expulsion of our brothers and sisters by the infidel Russian government," the statement said.
Four Russian embassy workers were abducted on June 3 after an attack on their car in Baghdad's Mansour neighborhood. A fifth Russian was killed in the incident.
The captives include the embassy's third secretary, Fyodor Zaitsev, and three other staffers, Rinat Agliulin, Anatoly Smirnov and Oleg Fedoseyev.