Terrorists referred to as ISIS or ISL released a video on Sunday showing the militants beheading 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya. The captured Egyptians were shown dressed in the standard orange jump suits and being forced down on the ground and then later beheaded. Captions in the video identify the location as Wilayat Tarabulus by the Mediterranean Sea, which according to American intelligence officials is near Tripoli. The victims were all male and were paired up with a knife-wielding terrorist and after a brief message by the ISIS leader, they were shown being beheaded. Thousands of Egyptians have traveled to neighboring Libya in search of jobs since an uprising at home in 2011.
Egyptian government officials have declared the video authentic and have banned all travel to Libya by its citizens in response. Militants in Libya had been holding 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians hostage for weeks, threatening them with death. The makers of the video identify themselves as the Tripoli Province of the Islamic State group — the Islamic militant group that controls about a third of Syria and Iraq. The Egyptian government declared a seven-day mourning period. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi spoke to the nation in response to this horrific attack by ISIS, according to the Associated Press.
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