Daesh militants said they executed two Norwegian and Chinese nationals after ransom demands had not been met by both countries.
Little is known about the two men, however, Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, 48, reportedly announced earlier this year that he would enter the Syrian city of Idlib, while Fan Jinghui, 50, was described as a school teacher from Beijing.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg called the claim a “barbaric act” while Chinese President Xi Jinping said Daesh was a “common enemy of humankind,” according to Xinhu news agency.
The hostages appeared to have been shot in images published by Daesh’s propaganda Dabiq magazine, though both governments have yet to verify the killings.
The victims’ capture was announced in a previous issue of the publication, which showed the two men in yellow jumpsuits.
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