From the International Business Times:
By Umberto Bacchi
February 13, 2015 12:03 GMT
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.
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.