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Iran blasts slaughter of Egyptian Christians by IS

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Mon 16 Feb 2015 - 15:56

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iran categorically condemned slaughter of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.

"The perpetrators of the heinous act have provoked religious, sectarian and tribal emotions and are seeking ill-wishing motives along with Zionist regime to harm relations among divine religion followers and damage ties among Islamic states," said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham.

She also extended condolences to families of the victims as well as Egyptian nation and government, and called for vigilance of Egyptian nation of the plots, suspicious acts and dangerous aftermaths of extremism and terrorism growth in the region.

The IS has released a video purportedly showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian men.

Egyptian State television showed footage of Egyptian fighter jets reportedly preparing to carry out the attack.

Also, Egypt's MENA state television quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that the victims shown in the video were the 21 Egyptian Christians believed to have been abducted by the militants.

The workers, whose photos were published in the latest online edition of Dabiq, were reportedly abducted in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte in two attacks in December last year and January.

ISIL has so far released several similar videos from Iraq showing the executions of its captives from different countries, including the United States, Britain, Japan, and Jordan.

The terrorists currently control large areas of Iraq and Syria, where they have been carrying out mass executions against civilians and security forces.

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