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.

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Several Libyan armed groups have pledged allegiance to ISIL [File: AP]

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

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 at least 16 captives in the south being shot to death in a desert area and about 12 men in the east being beheaded on a beach.

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”.

In February, fighters pledging allegiance to ISIL released a video purporting to show the killing of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Ghanaian abducted in Libya.

Several Libyan armed groups have pledged allegiance to ISIL.

Source: News Agencies