The Islamic State group has claimed that it had killed two Chinese hostages, including a woman, who were abducted by armed gunmen from Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province recently.
The hostages were studying Urdu language at a local teaching center in the provincial capital of Quetta when they were kidnapped by unknown gunmen last month.
Another Chinese woman had escaped the abduction.
The ISIS on its propaganda news agency ‘Amaq’ uploaded a statement in Arabic yesterday, saying it had killed the two abducted Chinese nationals.
Confirming reports of the killing of its nationals, China today said the murders have not been connected to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor but asserted that such risks are unavoidable as its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) goes global.
China had worked closely with Pakistan to rescue them but “the two may have unfortunately been killed”, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in Beijing.