Militants in Egypt threatened to kill a Croatian citizen they kidnapped within 48 hours unless the government meets their demands to release female prisoners.
A video of a man identified as 30-year-old Croatian Tomislav Salopek was posted on Twitter accounts linked to Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate on Wednesday. It shows the man kneeling next to the Islamic State flag and a masked militant holding a knife.
The government must release “Muslim women in Egyptian prisons,” the hostage said in the video.
An Islamist insurgency, mainly focused in the northern Sinai region, has surged following the military ouster of President Mohamed Mursi in 2013. A group calling itself Sinai Province, which pledged allegiance to Islamic State in November, has claimed responsibility for a string of deadly terror attacks in Egypt over the past year. The kidnapping is the first of a foreign national by the group.
Croatia’s foreign ministry said last month that one of its citizens had been kidnapped in Cairo, the Associated Press reported.