Death cult claims new beheading
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.