ISIS says it executed two hostages

2015-11-18 22:45
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Istanbul - The Islamic State has claimed it executed two captives, apparently a Chinese national and a Norwegian, but the claim could not be immediately verified by Norwegian authorities.

In the latest edition of its English-language Dabiq magazine - entitled Just Terror and circulated ON Wednesday via social media - the extremist group said the two were "abandoned by kafir [infidel] nations and organisations", though it declines to name them.

The Norwegian Foreign Minsitry said it was aware of the claim, and was seeking to verify the information, spokesperson Rune Bjastad told dpa.

In a previous edition of Dabiq in September, the extremist group said it was holding two captives, one Norwegian and one Chinese, and was offering to release them in return for a ransom.

The Norwegian was identified as Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, who went missing this year in Syria, and government officials in Oslo said they were working for his release. Family members had said Islamic State was demanding a "huge sum".

The Norwegian's last Facebook post was on January 24, where he wrote "I am in Idlib, Syria. Going to Hama tomorrow. I finally made it."

When the news of abduction became public in September, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg confirmed that "a sizeable ransom" had been demanded, but added that Oslo "doesn't pay ransom", which she said would put other Norwegians at risk.

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