Fury in Egypt as ISIS 'beheads 21 Egyptian Christians' in Libya
The Times of India | February 16, 2015
Egypt's leader vowed to punish the "murderers" responsible for the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians after the Islamic State group in Libya released a video on Sunday purportedly showing the mass killing.
A visibly angry President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt "reserves the right to respond in a suitable way and time" in a televised speech, and declared seven days of mourning after the video was distributed by jihadists on social media.
The footage shows 21 handcuffed hostages wearing orange jump suits being beheaded by their black-suited captors on a beach the group said was in the Libyan province of Tripoli.
In the latest issue of the IS online magazine Dabiq, the group had said the same number of Egyptian hostages were being held in Libya.
The Egyptian leader also called a meeting of a top security body in Cairo that includes his defence and interior ministers along with top military figures.
The White House led condemnation of the apparent beheadings, describing the killers as "despicable" and adding that the brutality shown "further galvanises the international community to unite against ISIl," an alternative acronym for the group.