China's foreign ministry promises to ensure that those responsible for the murder of IS-hostage Fan Jinghui will not go unpunished.
The extremist group IS claimed Wednesday to have killed Fan and the Norwegian Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, who has been held captive by Islamic militants in several months, probably in Syria.
On Thursday, Chinese authorities reacted to the news with a statement in which they promise consequences for those behind the murder of their fellow country-man.
When it became known that Fan was kidnapped, the foreign ministry initiated crisis measures in an attempt to save him, but he was still "killed in cold blood," the ministry states.
- The Chinese government oppose all forms of terrorism and will resolutely strike to prevent any violent terrorist act that goes against the fundamentals in human culture, says the statement.
- China will continue to strengthen counterterrorism cooperation with the international community to preserve peace and tranquility in the world, continues the Ministry.
In the same message China confirms for the first time the identity of the hostage, Fan Jinghui.
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