The Islamic State (IS) militant group says it has killed two hostages – a Norwegian and a Chinese citizen.
The Islamic extremist group gave no details about when or where Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, 48, from Norway and Fan Jinghui, 50, from China were killed.
It had previously demanded ransoms from their countries.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said there was no reason to doubt the claim, and called it a
Chinese President Xi Jinping also condemned the killing.
“Terrorists are the common enemy of humankind,” he said, according to the official Xinhua news
ISIS magazine, Dabiq, published what it said were photographs of the men, alive and dead. They
appeared to have been shot.
Little is known about how the men were captured.
Fan Jinghui is described as a former teacher from Beijing while Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad was
once linked to a university in Trondheim and had written on his Facebook page in January that he
had travelled to the Syrian city of Idlib.
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.”
The militants announced the two men’s capture in a previous issue of Dabiq, which showed them in
yellow jumpsuits, but gave no detail about their capture.
Reacting to the report from ISIS, the Chinese government has vowed to bring the group to justice after the report that it had executed two hostages, a Chinese and a Norwegian.
In September , the two men were pictured in the online magazine wearing yellow jumpsuits with the
words “FOR SALE” below their portraits.
A warning appeared beneath their portraits at the bottom of each page: “Note: This is a limited time
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said in September that the kidnappers had asked for ransom amounts several times but the Norwegian government did not pay ransom.
In its magazine, Dabiq, ISIS said the two men had been “executed after being abandoned by kafir
nations and organizations.”
ISIS has taken dozens of international hostages, often seeking ransoms for them to swell its coffers, but, when money isn’t forthcoming, it has publicized
its barbaric killings to score propaganda points.