ISIS executes Chinese and Norwegian citizens

DAMASCUS: The Islamic State (ISIS) spokesman said it had executed two hostages, one Chinese and the other Norwegian, releasing images in the latest issue of its official English-language magazine Dabiq purporting to show the two men had been shot to death. It was unclear when Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, 48, from Oslo, and Fan Jinghui, a 50-year-old freelance consultant from Beijing had been taken captive by the extremist group. Norway’s Prime Minister on Wednesday said the pictures published by Islamic State indicated Mr. Grimsgaard-Ofstad had been killed, but Norwegian experts were still trying to verify if the pictures were authentic. “We have so far no reason to doubt the content” of the pictures, Prime Minister Erna Solberg told a news conference. If Mr. Grimsgaard-Ofstad had in fact been executed, “this is a coldblooded murder,” she said. Ms. Solberg said she condemn the “despicable and barbaric” killing of her countryman and said Mr. Grimsgaard-Ofstad’s family had the compassion of the Norwegian people. The Chinese government also strongly condemns this inhuman brutality. The criminals will be brought to justice.” Islamic State controls a large swath of territory in Syria and Iraq, where it has executed a number of high-profile foreign hostages, including American and British journalists and aid workers; Wall Street Journal quoted.