ISIS claims to hold Norwegian, Chinese men hostage

ISIS claims to be holding Norwegian man and Chinese consultant captive, demanding ransom for their release

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A member loyal to ISIS militant group, waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa, Syria June 29, 2014.

The ISIS militant group claimed on Wednesday to be holding a Norwegian man and a Chinese consultant hostage and demanded ransom for their release.

The militant group posted pictures in the latest issue of its online magazine Dabiq showing the two men wearing yellow prison outfits. Identifying the Norwegian man as Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, 48 years old, from Oslo, and the Chinese man as Fan Jinghui, a 50 years old freelance consultant from Beijing.

In the magazine, a telegram number was placed for "whoever would like to pay the ransom for his release and transfer."

However, it does not give further information on the wherabouts of the two men and when or where the men were captured.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told news agency NTB that a Norwegian citizen is being held captive in Syria.

"This is a serious and complicated matter. The goal of our efforts is to get our citizen back safely to Norway," Solberg said in a statement.

It is not clear if Prime Minister Solberg was referring to the man the ISIS group claimed to have captured.

Chinese officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The ISIS militant group controls large swathes of both Iraq and Syria and has posted many gruesome videos online showing militants belonging to the group killing or beheading several of their captives.

ISIS has beheaded numerous hostages since 2013, including three Americans: James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Austin Bennett Tice.

TRTWorld and agencies