Croatia in pain after beheading of Salopek by ISIS

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Image released by ISIS purporting to show Tomislav Salopek's decapitated body

ARA News

Geneva – Radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) released Wednesday a photo purporting to show the execution of the Croatian hostage Tomislav Salopek in Sinai, Egypt.

IS media activists circulated through social media an image of Salopek’s decapitated body.

The extremist group justified Salopek’s beheading saying he was killed “for his country’s participation in the war against the Islamic State”. 

The 30-year-old Croatian victim was taken hostage by IS militants near Cairo on July 22. The group threatened earlier to execute him if Egyptian authorities did not release imprisoned Muslim women, without specifying the detainees it demanded their release. 

Egyptian Interior Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that it was seeking a confirmation on Salopek’s death from an independent party. 

The Croatian authorities expressed their concerns about Salopek’s fate, without confirming his death.

“We cannot confirm with 100% certainty that it is true,” Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said. “However, what we have seen doesn’t look good. It looks horrible.”

Reporting by: Lorin Silo

Source: ARA News 

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