Libya Repatriates to Egypt Bodies of 20 Christians Beheaded by ISIS

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Footage, which shocked the world when it was shared by extremists online, purportedly showed the Coptic believers - working as labourers in Libya - being beheaded on a beach in Sirte in February 2015.

The remains of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians executed by the Islamic State group in 2015 near the Libyan city of Sirte, the jihadists' former bastion in the country, arrived home on Monday, an official at Cairo airport said.

Libya has descended into chaos since a popular 2011 uprising that toppled and later killed longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

The bodies were recovered in October after the area where they were buried was recaptured from the jihadist group.

Islamic State took control of Sirte in 2015 and lost the city late past year to local forces backed by USA air strikes.

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A total of 21 people were beheaded in the incident, including a Ghanaian whose body was not brought to Egypt along with the others.

They say on Monday that the bodies have been flown to Egypt from Misrata, Libya's third largest city.

Pope Tawadros II of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, along with a number of bishops, received the remains at Cairo International Airport on Monday and held prayers for the victims on the tarmac.

The bodies are expected to be taken back for burial in Egypt's Minya province.

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