WORLD : Muslims Admit Brussels Slayings

From Times wire services

A Muslim fundamentalist group that is holding a Belgian doctor hostage in Lebanon today claimed it killed a Saudi Arabian clergyman and his Tunisian aide in the Brussels Mosque this week.

The group, Jund el-Haq, Arabic for Soldiers of Justice, “declares responsibility for carrying out God’s verdict on traitors Abdullah Ahdal and Salim Behir,” a typewritten statement said.

A Brussels police spokesman said Ahdal had received threats after making a statement on Belgian television about British author Salman Rushdie and his novel “The Satanic Verses.” Ahdal had condemned the book but said the author should not be killed for having written it.