ISIS terrorists make Egyptian workers prisoners in ‘new’ Libya

ISIS militants claim to have taken 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians hostage in Libya. (Dabiq)

From the International Business Times:

Isis magazine Dabiq: Cairo ‘plans to evacuate Egyptians from Libya‘ after abduction of Christians

By Umberto Bacchi

February 13, 2015 12:03 GMT

Egypt is planning to evacuate its nationals from Libya after a jihadi group affiliated to the Islamic State (Isis) claimed the abduction of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians there, it has been reported.

Pictures showing about a dozen prisoners wearing orange jumpsuits marching on a beach and then forced to kneel at knifepoint in front of by black-clad militants were published by IS mouthpiece magazine Dabiq, earlier this week.

In it the terror group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of the 21 Coptic Egyptians who were taken hostage in two separate incidents between the end of December and early January.

The images mirrored those of summary executions carried out and filmed for propaganda purposes by IS in Syria.

The government in Cairo was assessing the authenticity of pictures

According to Dutch NOS TV, the photos are very probably authentic.

and laying out an emergency plan to repatriate its nationals stuck in the neighbouring country, Al Arabiya reported, citing local media.

Libya has been is engulfed in fighting since the overthrow of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with Islamist militia groups and pro-government forces currently battling for control of country.

The Egyptian hostages were abducted in Sirte, a coastal city that was Gaddafi’s hometown and has fallen in the hands of Ansar al-Sharia, a jihadi movement that pledged its alliance to IS and is designated a terrorist organisation by the UN.

Thirteen were kidnapped from a residential compound that was stormed by masked men who went room to room checking identification papers to separate Christians from Muslims on 3 January.

“They had a list of full names of Christians in the building. While checking IDs, Muslims were left aside while Christians were grabbed,” Hanna Aziz, a witness, told AP.

Another seven were abducted a week earlier at a checkpoint while trying to leave the city, according to the BBC.

MILITANTS in eastern Libya linked to al-Qaida declared a holy war on a local Islamic State (Isis) affiliate yesterday after one of their senior leaders was shot dead by masked gunmen: here.

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  2. Air force pounds Isis sites in Libya

    EGYPTIAN warplanes hammered Islamic State (Isis) targets in Libya today, in a furious reaction to a grisly video of the beheading of 21 hostage Egyptian Coptic Christians.

    The video which sparked the attacks was released late on Sunday by Libyan fighters affiliated with Isis.

    They had been holding 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian labourers rounded up in the city of Sirte in December and January.

    An Egyptian armed forces spokesman announced the strikes on state radio, marking the first time that Cairo has publicly acknowledged taking military action in neighbouring Libya — although it is believed to be giving behind-the-scenes support to general Khalifa Haftar, who supports the Tobruk government.

    The army said it had targeted weapons caches and training camps, adding that the “intense strikes” were “to avenge the bloodshed and to seek retribution from the killers.”

    Libya’s airforce also participated in an attack on the eastern coastal city of Derna.

    “There are casualties among individuals, ammunition and Islamic State communication centres,” said Libyan air force Commander Saqer al-Joroushi, adding that between 40 to 50 Isis fighters were killed.

    “More air strikes will be carried out today and tomorrow in co-ordination with Egypt,” said Cdr Joroushi, who is loyal to the government which set up in the eastern city of Tobruk after losing control of Tripoli.

    It has been confined to the country’s far east since Islamist militias seized Tripoli last year and Islamist politicians reconstituted a previous parliament there.

    The Tripoli-based parliament condemned today’s strike as an assault on the country’s sovereignty.

    The Egyptian government declared a seven-day mourning period after the release of the video and President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi addressed the nation late on Sunday night.

    “These cowardly actions will not undermine our determination” said Mr Sissi, who also banned all travel to Libya by Egyptian citizens.

    “Egypt and the whole world are in a fierce battle with extremist groups carrying extremist ideology and sharing the same goals.”


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