The Libyan branch of the ISIL terrorist group says it has executed two Tunisian journalists, who had gone missing in Libya in September 2014.
The Libyan affiliate of the Takfiri terrorist group claimed in a statement posted on the internet on Thursday that it killed investigative journalist Sofiene Chourabi and photographer Nadhir Ktari.
The claim has not been independently verified, however.
The statement accused the journalists of having worked for “a satellite channel that fights religion.”
Tunisian Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi, however, expressed hope that “this information is not true. These are innocent journalists who went to Libya to do their job.”
In October, Tunisia urged Libya to locate the two journalists, who went missing in the eastern Ajdabiya region.
Chourabi and Ktari were said to have been seized by an armed group in Libya.
Chourabi was the host and producer for Tunisia’s First TV and was investigating the conflict on the Tunisia-Libya border.
Days ago, the ISIL-affiliated militants in Libya claimed responsibility for killing 12 Libyan soldiers, and posted a picture apparently showing the execution of one of the victims.
The ISIL terrorists control some parts of Syria and Iraq. They are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.