The Islamic State group has said it was holding a Chinese and a Norwegian hostage and asked for an unspecified ransom for their release. Two men were held hostage for an unspecified ransom for their release by the Islamic State group. The hostage includes a Chinese and a Norwegian.The announcement made by the IS was given in the latest issue of the Sunni Muslim jihadists’ English-language magazine, Dabiq, which is widely distributed on Twitter. There were no details given about where or when they were captured, or where they are being held. It published an “advertisement” announcing that each man was “for sale”. Under each man’s photograph, it says: “To whom it may concern of the Crusaders, pagans, and their allies, as well as what are referred to as human ‘rights’ organisations, this prisoner was abandoned by his government, which did not do its utmost to purchase his freedom.”At the bottom it said: “Whoever would like to pay the ransom for his release and transfer can contact the following telegram number,” adding that this is a “limited time offer”.
It did not give any specifications about the ransom amount or when the time will expire for the payment of ransom. However the Chinese hostage was identified as Fan Jinghui, a 50-year-old consultant. In a press conference, the Prime Minister of Oslo, Erna Solberg said that the Norwegian hostage was a 48-year-old Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, connected with a university in Trondheim, and said he had been abducted shortly after arriving in Syria in January. She said that this is a sensitive and intricate situation and their main goal is to bring back their fellow citizen back home safe and sound. She also added on to say that a crisis cell had been formed to take care and examine the case closely.
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