The Courier-Mail

Death cult claims new be­head­ing

- Military · Crime · Terrorism · Middle East News · Warfare and Conflicts · Politics · Cairo · Egypt · ISIS · Sinai Peninsula

CAIRO: THE ISIS death cult claims to have be­headed a Croa­t­ian hostage ab­ducted in Egypt, post­ing what it says is a pic­ture of the vic­tim on ISIS-af­fil­i­ated Twit­ter ac­counts.

The Croat, Tomis­lav Salopek, was ab­ducted last month west of the cap­i­tal, Cairo. The ji­hadists had is­sued a 48-hour dead­line that ended last Fri­day, threat­en­ing to kill him if Mus­lim women pris­on­ers were not re­leased from Egyp­tian jails.

The pic­ture’s au­then­tic­ity could not be ver­i­fied im­me­di­ately. His ab­duc­tion and pur­ported killing were un­prece­dented in Egypt, which is bat­tling an ISIS in­sur­gency in the eastern Si­nai Penin­sula.

State-run Croa­t­ian news agency HINA quoted a for­eign min­istry source as say­ing it “does not have con­fir­ma­tion that ab­ducted Croa­t­ian citizen Tomis­lav Salopek has been killed”.

Salopek, a 31-year-old fa­ther of two, had been work­ing with French geo­science com­pany CGG when ab­ducted from a car roughly 22km west of Cairo, se­cu­rity sources said.

The ab­duc­tion has rat­tled for­eign­ers work­ing for multi­na­tional com­pa­nies and un­der­scored the ji­hadists’ reach, de­spite a mas­sive mil­i­tary cam­paign against ISIS.

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