29-minute video marked with official logo of
Islamic State media arm Al-Furqan; It was
not immediately clear who the captives were.
A video released by the Islamic State group on
Sunday appears to show the killing of two
different groups of captured Ethiopian
Christians by the extremist group’s Libyan
The 29-minute online video purports to show
militants holding two groups of captives. It
says one group is held by an Islamic State
affiliate in eastern Libya known as Barka
Province and the other by an affiliate in the
south calling itself the Fazzan Province.
A masked fighter brandishing a pistol delivers
a long statement, saying Christians must
convert to Islam or pay a special tax
prescribed by the Quran.
The video then switches between footage of
the captives in the south being shot dead and
the captives in the east being beheaded on a
It was not immediately clear who the captives
were or when they were captured. It was also
not clear how many captives were killed.
The video bore the official logo of the Islamic
State media arm Al-Furqan and resembled
previous videos released by the extremist
group, including one in February in which
Islamic State militants in Libya beheaded 21
captured Egyptian Christians on a beach.
The Islamic State group has been able to gain
a foothold amid the chaos in Libya, where two
governments backed by rival alliances of
militias are battling each other as well as
A screenshot from the video.
The Islamic State group is also advancing in
Iraq, where the extremists captured three
villages near the city of Ramadi in the
western Anbar province and were locked in
heavy clashes with Iraqi troops.
More than 90,000 people have fled the Islamic
State group’s advance in Anbar, a United
Nations humanitarian agency said Sunday.
The Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement that
civilians are fleeing Ramadi as well as the
three nearby villages captured by the Islamic
State group a few days ago. It said
humanitarian agencies have moved quickly to
provide assistance, including food, water and
“Our top priority is delivering life-saving
assistance to people who are fleeing — food,
water and shelter are highest on the list of
priorities,” said Lise Grande, the UN
humanitarian coordinator for Iraq.
Grande expressed concern over the safety of
the displaced people, who are mainly heading
to Baghdad and the IS-held city of Fallujah.
“Seeing people carrying what little they can
and rushing for safety is heart-breaking,” she
Iraqi officials in Anbar have described Ramadi
as a ghost town, with empty streets and closed
Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias and U.S.-
led airstrikes managed to dislodge the IS
group from the northern city of Tikrit earlier
But the troops have struggled against the
militants in Anbar, which saw some of the
heaviest fighting of the eight-year U.S.
military intervention that ended in 2011.