Vladimir Putin has ordered security agents to find and eliminate the killers of four Russian diplomats in Iraq
News agencies on Wednesday, quoting the Kremlin press service, said: “The [Russian] president has ordered the special forces to take all necessary measures to find and destroy the criminals who killed Russian diplomats in Iraq.”
The embassy employees were seized in Baghdad on June 3 when armed men attacked their vehicle. A fifth Russian citizen was killed during the kidnapping.
Moscow confirmed that the four men were dead after a video footage apparently showing two men being killed appeared on the internet on Sunday.
An anti-government coalition led by al-Qaeda in Iraq – the Mujahidin Shura Council – has said they were responsible for killing the men.
Putin also said Russia would be grateful for any information on the killers.