Egypt will avenge IS beheadings of 21 Egyptians in Libya, says President Sisi

Sisi warned Cairo would choose the 'necessary means and timing to avenge the criminal killings'. He was speaking on national television hours after Islamic State released a video purportedly showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya.

hidden February 16, 2015 08:32:13 IST
Egypt will avenge IS beheadings of 21 Egyptians in Libya, says President Sisi

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday that Egypt reserved the right to respond in a way it sees fit to the Islamic State's beheading of 21 Egyptians in neighbouring Libya.

Sisi warned Cairo would choose the "necessary means and timing to avenge the criminal killings". He was speaking on national television hours after Islamic State released a video purportedly showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya.

Egypt will avenge IS beheadings of 21 Egyptians in Libya says President Sisi

Representational image. Reuters

Meanwhile, the White House condemned the "despicable and cowardly murder" of 21 Egyptians in Libya by Islamic State-affiliated militants and urged a political solution to the conflict in the country.

"This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, which only further galvanizes the international community to unite against ISIL," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

"This heinous act once again underscores the urgent need for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya, the continuation of which only benefits terrorist groups, including ISIL," he said, referring to Islamic State by an acronym.

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