China has confirmed the execution of a Chinese hostage at the hands of the Islamic State in Syria, and vowed to bring justice to those responsible.
The Chinese Ministry in a brief statement revealed the identity of Fan Jinghui. The statement also claimed China led “all-out efforts” to rescue Fan before his captors killed him.
“However, with no regard for human conscience and moral baseline, the terrorist organization still carried out this cold-blooded and violent action,” the statement read. “The Chinese government strongly condemns this inhuman action and will definitely hold the perpetrators accountable.”
Speaking from Manila, President Xi Jinping denounced the killings and promised China will fight terrorists.
“Terrorism is the enemy of all human beings,” Xi said. “China firmly opposes all kinds of terrorist ideology and will resolutely fight any criminal terrorist activity that challenges the baseline of humanity.”
Despite the government’s calls against the execution, however, China seems to be sweeping the Internet to remove information about Fan’s death.
On Thursday morning, “Chinese Hostage” was the sixth most searched term on Weibo or “China’s Twitter.”
Free Weibo, a website that collects deleted posts from social media, claims many posts about Fan’s death were removed from Chinese websites.
On Wednesday, ISIS claimed it executed a Chinese and Norwegian hostage after having made ransom demands.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg called the death of Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad “painful for the whole country.”
The latest issue of the terror group’s in-house magazine reportedly shows images of the two hostages being executed..
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