“86 Eritrean refugees most from one town in #Eritrea got kidnapped by #ISIS in #Libya two days ago,” Meron Estefanos, the co-founder of the International Commission on Eritrean Refugees in Stockholm, posted on Twitter on Friday,
The refugees were reportedly seized as they were traveling by truck to Tripoli in their quest to reach Europe. At least 12 of those taken were women, and a number of children were also apprehended as well. Estefanos reports that ISIS began dividing those aboard the truck by religion, and some lied in order to save their lives.
“IS militants asked everyone who is Muslim or not and everybody started saying they are Muslims,” Estefanos told the International Business Times.
But the Islamic jihadists then quizzed those who said that they were Muslim to see if they could quote from the Koran.
“[Y]ou have to know the Koran, and they didn’t,” she said.
Nine of those kidnapped have since escaped, but concerns remain over the plight of the remaining refugees. The news comes just days after two Eritrean refugees were reportedly shot to death by ISIS after a truckload of passengers was likewise stopped and separated by religion.
It also comes two months after 30 Ethiopians were beheaded by the terrorist organization.
As previously reported, the video released in April of the beheadings featured a masked ISIS fighter brandishing a gun who declared that Christians must either convert to Islam or pay a special tax, known as jizya, as outlined in Koran. For those who refuse, “we owe nothing except the edge of the sword,” he threatened
“Muslim blood shed under the hands of your religions is not cheap,” the fighter stated. “To the nation of the cross, we are now back again.”
Footage then showed two groups of Ethiopians, identified as “followers of the cross,” being lined up and marched to their death. The men, all dressed in jumpsuits—one group in orange and the other black—were forced to their knees while they waited to die. The first group was beheaded with a long knife, and their heads were placed on top of their bodies. The second group was shot execution style in the head.
The footage is similar to another horrifying video released in February where 21 Egyptians were marched to their death and beheaded.
“All crusaders: safety for you will be only wishes, especially if you are fighting us all together,” a masked ISIS fighter declared. “The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama Bin Laden’s body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood.”