Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has confirmed the death of Egypt's ambassador to Iraq, hours after al-Qaida-linked insurgents claimed to have executed the kidnapped diplomat.
A Mubarak statement carried by the Egyptian state news agency called Ambassador Ihab al-Sherif's killers terrorists. The statement said the killing will not deter Cairo in its firm support for Iraq and its people.
Thursday's statement did not say whether Egyptian authorities had independent confirmation of the killing. Hours earlier, insurgents posted an Internet message saying they had killed Mr. al-Sherif, who was kidnapped Saturday in Baghdad.
On Wednesday, insurgents said they had sentenced the diplomat to death as an "apostate" whose government supported the United States and the Iraqi government.
Meanwhile, Iraqi authorities say at least 13 people have been killed in twin car bombings south of Baghdad. Three other Iraqis were killed by mortar fire in Mosul.