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Published On: Thu, Feb 27th, 2014

Seven Egyptian Christians murdered ‘execution style’ in Libya

Seven Egyptians were shot in the head in Libya execution style, a security official said.

A police officer told Reuters the bodies were found with gunshots to the head outside Benghazi in the east, where assassinations, kidnappings and car bombs are common and Islamist militants are active.

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“They were killed by headshots in execution style,” a police officer said. “We don’t know who killed them.”

The bodies were found on a beach in Libya, robbed of all possessions and authorities believe they may have been kidnapped.

Security sources confirmed the Egyptians were Christians.

A Libyan ministry official told the BBC’s Rana Jawad that authorities could not “at this stage speculate on the motive of the crime.”

“Egypt expects from the Libyan side a speedy investigation into this gruesome crime … to provide results as soon as possible and a prosecution of the culprits,” a spokesman said.

Over the past year and a half, assassinations, car bombings and kidnappings have become more common in Benghazi. Those acts are thought to be by the Islamist extremist groups.

The Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia is active in the east of Libya, according to Reuters.

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