(Aljazeera) ISIL claims massacre of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

From: Biniam Tekle <biniamt_at_dehai.org_at_dehai.org>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:42:01 -0400


ISIL claims massacre of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

Video released online shows one group of captives being shot and
another group being beheaded on a beach.

19 Apr 2015 15:28 GMT | ISIL, Middle East, Libya, Ethiopia

Video released online shows a group of about 12 men being beheaded,
and another group of 16 men shot to death [AP]

A new video from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
purportedly shows the group killing captured Ethiopian Christians in

The 29-minute video released online on Sunday shows two groups of
dark-skinned captives. It says one group is held by an ISIL affiliate
in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south.

A masked fighter delivers a long statement before the video switches
between footage of the captives in the south being shot to death and
the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach.

The footage released online shows one group of about 12 men being
beheaded by armed men on a beach and another group of at least 16
being shot in the head in a desert area.

It was not immediately clear who the captives were.

Redwan Hussein, an Ethiopian government spokesman, told Reuters that
he could not immediately confirm the nationalities of the victims.

In a separate interview with AFP news agency, Hussein condemned the
killing "whether they are Ethiopians or not."

Ethiopia's embassy in Egypt was working to verify if those killed were
indeed Ethiopians, he added.

The video bore the official logo of the ISIL media arm Al-Furqan and
resembled previous videos released by the group.

A text on the screen identifies the men as "followers of the cross
from the enemy Ethiopian Church".
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