Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, has condemned the killing by ISIL of a Norwegian and Chinese national. The news was released in an ISIL publication following a ransom demand for the two men which the group issued in September.
Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, aged 48, was a resident of Oslo in Norway. Following the ransom demand Erna Solberg, the Norwegian Prime Minister said “his is a matter that the government is taking very seriously. We neither can nor will give in to pressure from terrorists and criminals. Norway does not pay ransom”.
Fan Jinghui, aged 50, was a Chinese resident from Beijing who was working as a freelance consultant before being kidnapped.
Both the Norwegian and Chinese Governments condemned the killings. In a statement Hammond said:
“I condemn ISIL’s cowardly murder of Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad and Fan Jinghui. These murders are further evidence of ISIL’s brutality. They only strengthen our resolve to defeat this barbaric terrorist organisation”.