Tawhid confirmed the abduction and released a video of the abductee, Middle East Newsline reported. He was
seen blindfolded and bloody.
"The Italian hostage entered our land only to spread corruption," Tawhid
said in a statement that accompanied the video.
"Security forces moved quickly and wisely to the place, but found that
the abducted man was killed hours earlier in an ugly manner," Hamas Interior
Ministry spokesman Ihab Ghussein said.
In a briefing on April 15, Ghussein said the Italian captive, identified
as Vittorio Arrigoni, was strangled. He said the abductors rented a house to
conceal and kill Arrigoni, who had helped bring supplies to the Gaza Strip.
"Their intention from the very beginning was to kill their victim,
because the crime took place shortly after his abduction," Ghussein said.
The abduction of Arrigoni, 36 and a member of the International
Solidarity Movement, was the first in the Gaza Strip since 2007. Weeks
before the Hamas takeover in 2007, another Al Qaida-aligned militia, the
Army of Islam, kidnapped a BBC correspondent, Alan Johnston. Johnston was
released after 114 days.
"We will hunt down the rest of the [Tawhid] group and the law will be
implemented against them," Ghussein said.
Officials said at least four Tawhid operatives have been arrested. The
has also been accused of attacking Christian and secular Muslim homes and
businesses in the Gaza Strip.
"The crime that took place was an isolated incident," Hamas Prime
Minister Ismail Haniyeh said.