15 February, will mark the third anniversary of the beheading of 20 Egyptian Copts and a Ghanaian Christian, carried out by IS on the Libyan coast. In remembrance of the 21 Christians, a new church is to be inaugurated in Upper Egypt’s Minya province, where the Egyptians came from. As part of the ceremony, the bodies of all 21 were expected to be reburied in one big coffin inside the new church, but the families are still waiting for their loved ones’ remains to be returned to them.
The location of the bodies was revealed by the captured IS fighter who videotaped the executions. The Libyan public prosecutor’s office described him as “one of the most dangerous” fighters within IS in Libya. The man also told the Libyan authorities that the other militants involved in the executions came from Chad, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.