The body of Salem Dawood Coca, an Assyrian from Batnaya in northern Iraq, was found on July 8 in the truck he was driving when he was kidnapped on May 27.

The Assyrian International News Agency reports the truck was rigged with explosives, prompting speculation Coca was being forced to carry out a suicide bombing, but that he had refused.

AINA said the kidnappers contacted the family and called Coca a “Christian infidel”. Coca leaves behind a wife and several children. He was 63.