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Bodies of 34 Ethiopian Christians executed by ISIS exhumed

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Bodies of 34 Ethiopian Christians executed by ISIS exhumed

The bodies of 34 Ethiopian Christians executed by ISIS Jihadists in Sirte, Libya, in 2015 have have been exhumed from a mass grave, on Sunday 23 December, following information obtained during interrogations of arrested ISIS members.

Taha Hadid, spokesman for the Sirte protection force said  “the prosecutor general’s office,  (confirmed that) these remains belong to the Ethiopians executed” by the Islamic State.

The Department of Criminal Investigations of the Central Region (DCICR) said on Monday. “the bodies will be repatriated to Ethiopia once internal and international legal procedures are completed,”

Grave of 34 Ethiopian Christians

Libyan had similarly located the mass grave of Egyptian Christian Copts who were beheaded by ISIS together with the Ethiopian Christians in October 2017 and 20 Egyptian Copts were handed over to the Egyptian government on May 14, 2018 after DNA tests were carried out.

ISIS shocked the world by posting the video of the beheading of the Christian wearing orange jumpsuits on the beach in April 2015. The video showed 15 men being beheaded on a beach and video showed another group of christians being shot in their heads in scrubland both with the subtitle ‘worshippers of the cross belonging to the hostile Ethiopian church’.

The DCICR said the bodies will be taken back to Ethiopia once “domestic and international legal procedures are completed.”


Hassan John is West Africa Editor GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos

Image Credits: Google Images/mass grave of executed christians/Ethiopian Christian’s execution at the beach/