CAIRO: Twenty-one Egyptian fishermen were released Tuesday after having been kidnapped last week, Egyptian state television announced.
The Chairperson of Egyptian Syndicate of Fishermen Ahmed Nassar announced Saturday evening said the men had been kidnapped by members of Fajr Libya in the northwestern city of Misrata.
Their release comes two days after a video confirmed that another group of 21 Egyptians were murdered by a Libyan branch of the Islamic State group. The group, all Coptic Christians, had been kidnapped in early January in the city of Sirte, and an IS publication a week before the release of the video showed them wearing orange jumpsuits that other IS prisoners had been forced to wear before execution.
Egypt launched airstrikes Monday hitting alleged IS hotbeds in the cities of Derna and Sirte, and estimated at least 50 suspected IS fighters were killed.