Egypt responds to ISIS beheading of Copts in Libya

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Men mourn over the Egyptian Coptic Christians who were captured in Libya and killed by militants affiliated with the Islamic State group, at the Virgin Mary church in the village of el-Aour, near Minya, 220 kilometers (135 miles) south of Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. (AP)

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Damascus, Syria – On Monday, Egyptian warplanes bombed locations of the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) militants in Libya, an official statement by the Egyptian military said. 

This comes one day after the radical group executed 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya.  

The Egyptian airstrikes hit military units, training camps and weapons arsenal of the IS group in the neighboring country. 

“Let those near and far know that the Egyptians have a shield that maintains the security of the country, and a sword that eradicates all kinds of terrorism,” a statement by the Egyptian military read. 

The city of Derna was a main target for the Egyptian fighter jets. Derna is considered a major stronghold for the jihadists of the IS. 

On Sunday, militant fighters of the Islamic State beheaded 21 Coptic Christians who were held hostage in Libya.  

A videotape posted online showed gunmen from the radical group implementing the death sentence against 21 Egyptian Copts, who were abducted last week in Libya. 

Earlier reports had indicated that about five-hundred IS militants are based in Derna in northeastern Libya, and receive military training. 

 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

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