Saudi Official: Johnson’s Body Not Yet Found

by on June 19th, 2004,2933,123147,00.html

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi TV broadcast pictures Saturday of four bloodied bodies of four suspected militants, including the Al Qaeda chief in the kingdom, who were shot to death hours after killing an American contractor.

Saudi officials said Johnson’s beheaded corpse still has not been found, contradicting earlier reports that it was dumped outside the capital, Riyadh.

The Al Qaeda cell allegedly led by Abdulaziz al-Muqran fulfilled its threat to kill engineer Paul M. Johnson Jr. (search), beheading him and showing grisly photos on the Internet on Friday. The slaying drew a chorus of condemnation from around the world, with even one of America’s staunchest foes, Syria, calling it a “shameful crime.”

Stephen Macklin