Libyan authorities have recovered the bodies of 21 Coptic Christian workers, mostly Egyptians, who in 2015 were beheaded on a beach in the coastal city of Sirte by Islamic State militants, according to a statement issued Saturday by a government-linked anti-IS group.
The group, al-Bonyan al-Marsous, quoted an IS militant who witnessed the attack as saying all but one of the 21 showed no resistance to
their impending decapitation. The militant, arrested last year, said filming the beheadings was disrupted when one of the Christians resisted. He was beaten into submission.
A grisly video of the beheadings was posted online in February 2015, shocking Egyptians and prompting the Cairo government to stage punitive airstrikes against militant targets in Libya. It showed the hostages in orange jumpsuits being led along a beach, each accompanied by a masked militant.
They were made to kneel before they were simultaneously beheaded. The video makers identified themselves then as IS' Tripoli Province.