The deadline for the execution of a hostage in Egypt passed over the weekend in silence, and we have yet to hear whether Croatian Tomislav Salopek is still alive.
On Wednesday a Daesh-affiliated Egyptian extremist group Wilayet Sina, formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, released a video of 30-year-old Salopek in an orange jumpsuit, kneeling on the sand by a captor and reading from sheets of paper. The militants threatened to kill him within 48 hours if all Muslim women held in Egyptian prisons were not released.
The video was unprecedented, mostly because it was the first time the Sinai-based militant group released a hostage video that followed Daesh (ISIS) patterns. But it was also unusual to create such an unreasonable demand that goes beyond ransom or a small prisoner exchange.
Why the group has an interest in releasing the women is another unanswered question.
"We will not spare any effort to find the hostage and guarantee his security," Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on the abduction, though his location hasn't been identified yet.
What we do know: Salopek, a father of two, was working for French company CGG Ardiseis, which has a branch in Cairo's neighborhood of Maadi. In the video Salopek said he was captured on July 22.
Here's the hostage video (though the original version from the militants, of course, was in HD):
By Hayat Norimine
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