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Terrorist Group Beheaded Ghanaian In Libya?

Terrorist Group Beheaded Ghanaian In Libya? File Photo

Fresh reports on last Sunday’s gruesome killing of 21 persons by the dreaded terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Libya indicate that a Ghanaian was among the casualties.

ISIL, which is also known as ISIS, is a jihadist rebel group that controls territories in Iran and Syria.

It also operates in eastern Libya, the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt and other parts of the Middle East.

They released a grisly video Sunday showing the beheading of 21 persons believed to be Egyptian Christian captives on the shore at Tripoli, Libya.

The beheadings were purported to have been done sometime in January, this year.

Friends of the deceased gave his name as Mathew Ayairga.

His name was said to have been initially put out on the list of the dead as Samuel A. Wilson, but friends who saw the video and recognised him.

As at the time of filing this report, Ghanaian officials were still trying to ascertain the veracity of the report from the mission in Tripoli.

The young man, whose age is not yet known, was said to be a construction worker in the Libya City of Sirte where the killings took place.

According to reports, he was travelling to Tripoli from Ghana when he was arrested somewhere in January 2015.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian government and the Coptic Church confirmed the authenticity of the footage released on Sunday.

It showed the Egyptian workers, all wearing orange jump suits, being beheaded near a waterfront said to be located in the Libyan province of Tripoli.

The men were said to have been seized in two attacks in December and January from the coastal town of Sirte in eastern Libya.

In the wake of the release of the video, Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called for an urgent meeting of Egypt’s top national security team and declared seven days of mourning.

“Egypt reserves the right to respond in a suitable way and time to punish these murderers,” Sisi said in a televised speech.

Later, state television reported that Egypt’s military had bombed ISIS targets in Libya at dawn on Monday.

The Coptic Orthodox Church issued a statement, saying it was “confident” the killers would be brought to justice.

Al-Azhar, the prestigious Cairo based seat of Islamic learning, denounced the “barbaric” killings.

“Al-Azhar stresses that such barbaric action has nothing to do with any religion or human values,” it said in a statement.

Libya slid into chaos after longtime leader, Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed three years ago.

Interim authorities failed to confront powerful militias which fought to oust the authoritarian leader.

ISIL has since taken advantage of the chaos and carried out a string of deadly attacks on innocent citizens.

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