The White House has condemned the murder of 21 Coptic Christians following the release of a video which purports to show the Egyptian hostages being beheaded in Libya.

Militants linked to Islamic State released the video on Sunday showing handcuffed hostages dressed in orange jumpsuits being murdered by black-clad terrorists.

In the video – which is titled “a message signed with blood to the nation of the cross” – the militants are identified as fighters with the Tripoli Province of Islamic State.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest described the apparent killings as a “despicable and cowardly murder”.

“This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region,” Mr Earnest said… see more

source: skynews