Dead bodies of 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS recovered

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Mass grave containing remains of 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by Islamic State has been discovered by the Libyan authorities. In 2015, the ISIS militants beheaded these 21 Coptic Christians. The incident stimulated the Egyptian government to conduct air blitz against the terror group ISIS. In February 2015, Islamic State released a video showing gruesome beheadings of these 21 Coptic Christians.

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On Friday, October 6 the Libyan authorities had uncovered this mass grave located near a former stronghold of Islamic State. The mass grave was uncovered at Sirte, in the east of Tripoli after ISIS prisoners revealed the information. In this regard, the Interior Ministry of Libya has confirmed that mass grave contains dead bodies of 20 Egyptians and a man of unidentified African nationality.

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Libya’s Interior Ministry stated: “The heads are separated from the bodies clad in orange jumpsuits, hands bound behind the back with plastic wire.”

On the other hand, Egypt’s foreign ministry has confirmed the report stating that Libya has shared information regarding the discovery of the mass grave. An Egyptian Ministry spokesperson stated: “The Egyptian embassy has been communicating since Friday with the Libyans with co-ordination with the Egyptian ministry of defence to secure their return to Egypt.”

In September, seven suspected militants were sentenced to death by an Egyptian court. These suspects were charged of being involved in the beheadings of the 21 Coptic Christians. They were accused of being members of an ISIS cell in Marsa Matruh, in the northwest of Egypt. These militants received military training at the jihadist camps in Libya and Syria. The Egyptian court will hand over verdict to 13 other suspects on November 25.

In 2015, terror group Islamic State had released a video, showing 21 Coptic Christians being beheaded for refusing to renounce Christ. The gruesome video was titled “A Message Signed With Blood to the Nation of the Cross.” The video showed mass beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya.

The video showed jihadists in black standing behind each of the captives, who were all dressed in orange jumpsuits. Each victim had their hands cuffed behind them, as they could be seen kneeling on the ground. The five-minute grisly video, also included an English speaking masked- jihadi who says: “The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama bin Laden’s body in, we swear to Allah, we will mix it with your blood.” Soon after the signal, all the victims were pushed to the ground and ferociously beheaded.