Thursday, August 13, 2015

ISIS Says It Has Beheaded a Croatian Hostage; Due to Egypt Failing to Free Muslim Prisoners

ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) says it has executed Croatian hostage Tomislav Salopek, who was captured in Cairo, Egypt in late July, the Balkan Insight website reports today (August 13, 2015).

After a photograph of what appeared to be Salopek's decapitated body was published on Twitter,  media reports said he may have been executed by ISIS, although the photograph's veracity was not yet proven.

The deadline ISIS set for 30-year-old Salopek expired today. Egyptian authorities did not fulfill the group's demand for the release of imprisoned Muslim women, believing it would set a bad precedent by encouraging ISIS to kidnap more people.

Salopek was taken hostage by armed ISIS men on July 22, while driving to work in a company car. He has a wife and two children in Croatia (a nation that came into being with the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in 1992), and worked as a topographer for a French company.

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