ISIS announced that it has executed two hostages – Norwegian and Chinese – via its in-house propaganda magazine, as reported by the Associated Press.
The victims were Norway’s Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad and China’s Fan Jinghui, whose pictures featured in the magazine accompanied with the word, “Executed.” In these pictures, the two men can be seen blindfolded and wearing black and white. Other pictures show them wearing yellow jumpsuits.
The men were killed “after being abandoned by the Kafir [infidel] nations and organizations,” the magazine says. In September, their names were published in “for sale” advertisements in the magazine. No confirmation regarding the deaths has been made.
In a press conference, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said while the killing could not be confirmed, there are “no reasons to doubt it.” She added that the incident “is painful for the family and the whole country.” Referring to the IS as a “barbaric group,” she said, “we do not pay ransom” and that “’even if it hurts, we should never let the terrorists win.”
Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende said the authorities did receive pictures and videos of the Norwegian victim. The captured citizen “was harshly mistreated,” Brende said. It hasn’t been determined whether the killings are related to last week’s Paris attacks that killed 129 and wounded hundreds others.
According to Daily Mail, Grimsgaard-Ofstad was a graduate student in political philosophy and Jinghui, who described himself as a “wanderer,” has taught middle school.