Libya to Return Bodies of 20 Egyptian Christians Beheaded in 2015

May 14, 2018 Updated: May 14, 2018

MISRATA, Libya—Libya will return to Egypt on Monday the bodies of 20 Egyptian Christians killed in 2015 by ISIS in its former Libyan stronghold of Sirte, a Libyan security official said.

The bodies were recovered in October after the area where they were buried was recaptured from the jihadist group.

The Coptic Christians were beheaded on a beach in February 2015 wearing orange jumpsuits, according to a video posted by ISIS.

Their bodies will be flown from the western city of Misrata to Egypt, a Libyan official said, adding that there was an additional victim from Ghana. A total of 21 people were beheaded in the incident.

ISIS took control of Sirte in 2015 and lost the city late last year to local forces backed by U.S. airstrikes.

 

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