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IS announces execution of Chinese, Norwegian hostages

The Islamic State jihadist group said Wednesday it has executed a Chinese and a Norwegian hostage, two months after it had demanded a ransom for the pair’s release.

The group’s English-language Dabiq magazine featured graphic photos of two bloodied bodies that appeared to be Chinese hostage Fan Jinghui and Norwegian Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Oftsad.

The bodies were pictured adjacent to photos of the blindfolded captives apparently taken just before their execution.

Fan Jinghui

Fan Jinghui.

A stamp-like caption overlaid on the full-page photo read, “Executed after being abandoned by the kafir (disbeliever) nations and organisations.”

It was unclear how they were killed, but their heads were bloodied by apparent gunshot wounds.

It was the 12th edition of IS’s publication, one of many branches of the jihadist organisation’s multilingual media machine.

dabiq magazine

IS’s Dabiq Magazine.

Jinghui and Grimsgaard-Oftsad were last featured in the magazine’s September edition, in which IS asked for an unspecified ransom for their release.

Neither that edition nor the one released on Wednesday gave details about where or when the men were captured, held or killed.

Jinghui was a 50-year-old consultant and Grimsgaard-Ofstad, 48, was connected with a university in Trondheim.

IS announces execution of Chinese, Norwegian hostages