21 Coptic Egyptians’ bodies found in Sirte after being murdered by ISIS


Published: 2017-10-08 15:47

Last Updated: 2017-10-08 16:06

Remains of 21 Coptic Egyptians found in Sirte, Libya. (Roya)
Remains of 21 Coptic Egyptians found in Sirte, Libya. (Roya)

The remains of 21 Coptic Egyptians have been recovered after they were murdered by ISIS militants in the northern city of Sirte in 2015, Libyan authorities have reported.

A video clip was published by ISIS media centre earlier in February 2015, showing militants wearing black and slaughtering heads of 21 Copts in Sirte’s desert.

The bodies were found with their hands tied behind their backs, still wearing the orange jumpsuits that appeared in the ISIS video early this year.

The remains were transferred to Misrata to be tested and handed over to their families.

The Head of Investigations for the Attorney General’s office, Sadiq al-Sour, reported last that the burial site was discovered after a captured commander provided details on its location, Reuters reported.

After the massacre, thousands of Coptic Egyptians fled Libya.

In 2016, the US Air Force helped Libya launch a seven-month war on ISIS in Sirte. The war ended with the liberation of the city in December.