Ethiopia says Christians killed in Libya were its citizens

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ADDIS ABABA  – Ethiopia said on Monday that the 30 Christians shown being shot and beheaded Libya on a video purportedly made by Islamic State were its citizens.

The video, in which call Christians “crusaders” who are to kill Muslims, showed about 15 men being beheaded on a beach and another group the same size being shot in the head in a patch of scrubland.

“The Ethiopian government is deeply saddened by the barbarous act committed against our innocent nationals,” a government statement said.

Officials were working to identify the victims, it said.

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Ethiopia will observe three days of national mourning starting on Tuesday, with flags lowered to half-staff mast to mourn what it described as “atrocities committed against our nationals in Libya and Africa”.

Ethiopian nationals have also been caught up in a wave of anti-immigrant violence sweeping across townships.