Unverified videos have emerged, which appear to show ISIL gunmen executing some 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.
The videos, purportedly made by the extremist group, were first posted on social media sites.
In the first section of one of the videos, the militants refer to Christians as “Crusaders” as they proceed to behead around 15 men.
Another section appears to show a similar number of men being marched through the desert, before being shot in the head.
Both groups of men are referred to in a subtitle as “worshippers of the cross belonging to the hostile Ethiopian church.”
The clip ends with a warning that Christians either embrace Islam or pay protection money in order to guarantee their safety.
ISIL militia control large swathes of Iraq and Syria and are spreading out to Libya, taking advantage of the lawlessness found in such conflict zones.
Libyan officials were not immediately available for comment and although Ethiopian authorities could not confirm whether the individuals in the video were its citizens, a government spokesperson condemned the “atrocious act.”
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