Libya: Muslim terrorists behead and shoot Christians

religion | Apr 19, 2015 | By Martin Barillas

Muslim terrorists committed a fresh horror in Libya, according to a video uploaded by the Islamic State. The new video reportedly records that Islamic State militants decapitated or shot at least 30 captives in Libya. It is feared that the dead were comprised of Christians from Ethiopia. Entitled ‘Clairvoyance,’ the 29-minute video is directed to the worldwide Christian community. It declares that the executions were carried out by two factions of the Islamic State that are currently fighting in Libya: Wilayat Barca and Wilayat Fezzan.
 
The mise-en-scene used by the terrorists recalls a similar ritual of murder that the Islamic State carried out on 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt in February 2015. The Orthodox Coptic Church of Egypt has since declared that those killed are martyrs of the Christian faith. The 15th of February is the date on the official Coptic Christian calendar that the 21 martyrs will be venerated permanently. Pope Francis has repeatedly denounced murder that cites religious motivations while calling for the world to come to the aid of persecuted Christians, especially in North Africa and the Mideast. Christians have been subjected to murder, rape, and violent dispossession and dispersal, especially in Iraq, Syria, and Egypt. Islamic State terrorists also assaulted the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli this year.
 
 
In the new video, the terrorists refer to Christians as "crusaders" who must be executed in retaliation for the death of Muslims. It shows that approximately 15 men being beheaded at a beach, while another 15 are each shot in the head in the barren Libyan chaparral. Both groups of men are referred to as "worshippers of the cross belonging to the hostile Ethiopian church." The Ethiopian government could not verify whether the victims are Ethiopian nationals. "Nonetheless, the Ethiopian government condemns the atrocious act," government spokesman Redwan Hussein said. Ethiopia is willing to repatriate Ethiopians if they want to leave Libya. The killing of the Copts in February prompted Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to order air strikes on Islamic State targets in Libya.
 
 
In the new video, a man dressed in black declared “Muslim blood spilled under the hands of your religion is not cheap.” Brandishing a pistol, he says to the camera, "To the nation of the cross: We are now back again." The video concludes while offering the standard offer from Muslim terrorists: convert to Islam, pay extortion money, or die.
The Islamic State, while it now controls large swaths of Syria and Iraq, is dedicated to controlling the entire Mideast as well as lands in Europe. It has gained support from Muslim terrorists in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. In Libya, the Islamic State is fighting against elements of the government that had been under the control of fallen dictator Muammar Ghadaffi. IS has vowed to take the war to Italy and seize the Vatican. Thousands of terrorists moved into Libya with the fall of Egyptian President Muhammed Morsi in 2013. The latter was a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, a fascistic Muslim sect that had opposed the government of President Hosni Mubarak. 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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