Islamic State beheads Croatian hostage captured in Egypt
The Islamic State claims to have beheaded the Croatian hostage who was captured last month from Egypt's Cairo.
The beheading claim come after the Egyptian government failed to abide by the ISIS deadline of 48 hours, given to free all Muslim female prisoners.
The ISIS made the claim on social media, posting the pictures of the hostage's body on ISIS-linked Twitter accounts, said the AFP.
However, the authenticity of the images has not yet been ascertained.
The ISIS had captured a Croatian national named Tomislav Salopek on July 22 and last week it released a video, issuing a 48-hour-deadline to the Egyptian government threatening to kill the hostage if all Muslim female prisoners were not released from jails.
Terror tracker SITE Intel Group's head Rita Katz had tweeted a grab from the video which showed the Croatian man dressed in a faded yellow jumpsuit kneeling before a knife-weilding ISIS fighter in fatigues.
In the video entitled, “A Message to the Egyptian Government", the hostage read from a note, identifying himself as 30-year-old named Tomislav Salopek from Croatia, with a wife and two kids.
The Croatian, who worked as a topographer for a French Geoscience company Compagnie Generale de Geophysique, (GCC), was kidnapped by Sinai Province ISIS fighters on July 22 while heading to work in his company car.
“They want to substitute me with the Muslim womens arrested in Egyptian prisons... This matter have to be achieved before 48 hours from now, if not the soldiers of Wilyat Sina will kill me,' SITE quotes him as saying in the video.