The Courier-Mail

Death cult claims new beheading

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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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