السبت , يونيو 6 2020

Ethiopia mourns victims of IS killings

Islamic State militants in Raqqa, Syria. File photo

Islamic State militants control large swathes of both Iraq and Syria

Ethiopia has declared three days of mourning following the killing by the Islamic State (IS) of more than 20 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

The Libyan branch of IS on Sunday released a video showing one group of men being beheaded on a beach and another group being shot in a desert.

Ethiopia’s government has now confirmed that the people shown being killed were Ethiopian migrant workers.

IS and other jihadist groups are present in several Libyan towns.

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Ethiopians have taken to social media to express their shock, anger and grief following the killings, reports the BBC’s Anne Soy.

The country’s parliament is expected to hold an emergency session.

The African Union, the European Union and the US have also expressed their solidarity with Ethiopia.

The video is similar to previous ones posted by IS, including the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in February.

The latest killings appear to have taken place in two regions of Libya – in the south and the east, the BBC’s North African correspondent Rana Jawad reports.

Libya has been torn by a civil conflict since last year, our correspondent says.

It has not had a stable government since long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

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