Monday 24 July 2017

Three days of mourning after Ethiopian migrants 'killed by Islamic State terror group'

Unidentified relatives and friends mourn for the Ethiopians who were were held captive in Libya and killed by the Islamic State group, in the poor Cherkos Village neighborhood of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Monday, April 20, 2015. Many in Ethiopia are reeling from the news that several Ethiopians were killed in Libya by the Islamic State group, which over the weekend released a video purporting to show the killings that has shocked many in the predominantly Christian country where some on Monday gathered in an Addis Ababa slum to mourn two former residents whose faces were recognized in the Islamic State video. (AP Photo)
Unidentified relatives and friends mourn for the Ethiopians who were were held captive in Libya and killed by the Islamic State group, in the poor Cherkos Village neighborhood of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Monday, April 20, 2015. Many in Ethiopia are reeling from the news that several Ethiopians were killed in Libya by the Islamic State group, which over the weekend released a video purporting to show the killings that has shocked many in the predominantly Christian country where some on Monday gathered in an Addis Ababa slum to mourn two former residents whose faces were recognized in the Islamic State video. (AP Photo)
Ahaza Kassaye, the mother of Eyasu Yikunoamlak who was held captive in Libya and killed by the Islamic State group, mourns his death with relatives and friends in the poor Cherkos Village neighborhood of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Monday, April 20, 2015. (AP Photo)

Press Association

Ethiopia's government has declared three days of mourning after confirming that many Ethiopians held captive in Libya were killed by the Islamic State group.

The group released a video of the killings on Sunday.

The government said the days of mourning will start on Tuesday and the national flag will fly at half-mast during this time.

A statement said the country's politicians will meet to discuss the killings and consider a response.

A 29-minute video believed to be released by the Islamic militants shows Ethiopian Christians held captive in Libya being shot or beheaded by extremists.

Redwan Hussein, an Ethiopian government spokesman, said he believed the victims were Ethiopian migrants trying to reach Europe.

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