Egypt bombs ISIS targets in Libya after killings of 21 Coptic Christians

(CNN)Egypt hit back Monday with airstrikes aimed at ISIS-affiliated jihadists in Libya who are believed to have killed 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, including about a dozen whose beheadings are featured in the organization’s latest video.

Egyptian F-16 jets took off in the early hours of Monday to bomb ISIS camps, training areas and weapons depots in Libya, the Egyptian military said.

“Avenging Egyptian blood and punishing criminals and murderers is our right and duty,” it said in a statement broadcast on state television.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that the airstrikes targeted ISIS locations in Derna.

“Leaving the situation as it is in Libya without a firm intervention to curtail these terrorist organizations would be a threat to international peace and security,” the ministry said.

It wasn’t immediately clear how much damage and casualties the airstrikes might have caused.

The bombing raids came after ISIS released a gruesome video Sunday that appeared to show the beheadings of the Egyptian Christians on a beach.


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