SHAFAQNA – As time passes by, more brutal stories on ISIS’s violence in war-torn areas unravel and circulate basically through alternative media and some media outlets, at the time mainstream outlets remain silent.
A new mass grave has been uncovered with 21 bodies and their heads buried two years ago. Libya’s Interior Ministry has announced that they have found the mass grave of Coptic Christians who were beheaded by ISIS, the so-called Islamic State. According to the report, the remains have been sent for forensic examination.
AFP quoted the ministry’s unit for fighting organized crime in the city of Misurata as saying “The heads are separated from the bodies clad in orange jumpsuits, hands bound behind the back with plastic wire.”
The authorities came to know about the mass grave, which had the bodies of 20 Egyptians and a man of unknown African nationality, near the one-time Islamic State bastion of Sirte, 280 miles east of Tripoli. The story was revealed following the confession of a ISIS prisoner.
Al-Arabi al-Jadeed reported that the ISIS prisoner confessed that he was sitting behind the video camera, filming the mass murder, the beheading of the 21 victims and the burial process as well. The witness further explained that the crime took place behind the “al-Mahari” hotel in Serte city at the beach, where several ISIS terrorists including Libyans, Tunisians, Egyptians, a Saudi citizen and a European were executing the process. Also, the source further noted that the films were sent outside Libya for editing.
Egypt’s foreign ministry is in talks with Libya’s U.N.-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli to bring the remains back to the family members of the victims.
ISIS kidnapped the Copts in separate incidents in Libya throughout December 2014 and January 2015. They then released the video of their execution on Feb. 15, 2015, showing the Christian men in orange jumpsuits kneeling on the sand as the Wahhabi terrorists stood behind them, ready to carry out the executions at the beach near Tripoli.
Last month, a court in Egypt sentenced to death seven people over links to ISIS in northwest Egypt and over the beheading of the 21 Egyptian Christians.
Coptic Christians have been particularly targeted by ISIS in the course of instability in north-African countries. Since the beginning of December 2016, the terrorists have carried out several attacks on Egypt’s religious minority, which claimed lives of dozens of people.
According to al-Misri al-Yawm, the first reaction announced to the news was that of the Coptic Orthodox Chruch, who issued an official statement saying that “the Church is in touch with the Egyptian Foreign Ministry as well as the Egyptian ambassador in Libya, where all experts are putting their utmost effort to bring the bodies of the victims back to their families.”
On a related note, high-ranking sources said that the network that carried out the executions was arrested. Sources further reported that Egypt has contacted Libya and that a Libyan delegation will be visiting Egypt soon to follow-up on the matter.
Source – American Herald Tribune