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Norwegian, Chinese Hostages Killed, IS Says

by VOA News November 18, 2015

Islamic State militants claim they've killed a Norweigian and a Chinese hostage after demanding ransom following the men's capture.

The announcement came in the terrorist group's online English-language magazine, Dabiq, published Wednesday.

It showed photos of two bodies it said were those of Chinese national Fan Jinghui, 50, and Norweigian Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, 48. A caption said the two were 'executed after being abandoned by the kafir [infidel] nations and organizations.'

The men appeared to have been shot to death, the Associated Press reported. The IS group infamously has recorded video footage of the executions of other hostages, including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

It is unclear how or where Fan, a freelance consultant, was captured. Grimsgaard-Ofstad, described by the AP as a graduate student in political philosophy, was taken while traveling through Syria in January. His last Facebook post, from late that month, said he'd arrived in the city of Idlib, en route to Hama.

The Norwegian Foreign Ministry declined to comment Wednesday. In September, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Norway did not plan to pay ransom to secure the release of a hostage believed to be in IS hands, Reuters reports.

No comment on the alleged killings has yet been issued by China's Foreign Ministry or its state-run Xinhua news agency, the AP said.

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