Beijing has vowed to bring ISIS to justice after the group said it had executed two hostages, a Chinese and a Norwegian.
According to sources ;
The Islamic State militant group claims to have killed two more hostages, a Norwegian and a Chinese citizen.
ISIS released pictures of the pair with captions ‘For sale, limited time offer only’.
IS originally demanded ransom for the pair ‘several times’, but the Norwegian government did not co-operate. They haven’t released any details about when or where Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, 48, from Norway and Fan Jinghui, 50, from China were killed as of yet.
“The Chinese government and people have been very concerned about Fan Jinghui’s safety since he was kidnapped,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said in a statement Thursday.
He added the government had made “all-out” efforts to rescue him.
The photos, appearing in the terrorist group’s English-language magazine Dabiq, depict two men with bloodied faces, the word “executed”.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said there was no reason to doubt the claim, and called it a “barbaric act”.
Chinese President Xi Jinping also condemned the killing.
“Terrorists are the common enemy of humankind,” he said, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
Fan Jinghui, reportedly a former teacher from Beijing and Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, once linked to a university in Trondheim.
Erna Solberg said: “There are no excuses for the treatment our countryman has been subjected to, it can’t be found in religion, nor ideology.”
“This is a despicable and barbaric act,” she added.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement China had noted the report and is “deeply shocked”.
“Ever since the Chinese citizen was held hostage by the Islamic State group, the Chinese government has been sparing no effort in rescuing him,” Mr Hong said. “We are still verifying the information.”