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IS execute Norwegian and Chinese captives as they release image of plane bomb

The terrorist group has executed two captives
The terrorist group has executed two captives

Islamic State said that it has killed Norwegian and Chinese captives after earlier demanding ransoms for the two men.

The extremist group published two images of the men in the second-to-last page of its English-language magazine, saying they had been "executed after being abandoned by kafir nations and organisations". Kafir is the Arabic word for infidel.

In the images, the men both appeared to have been shot dead.

The group had earlier identified the Norwegian man as Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, 48, from Oslo, and the Chinese man as Fan Jinghui, 50, a freelance consultant from Beijing. It did not say when or where the two were captured.

IS controls large areas in Iraq and Syria. The killing of the two men stood in contrast to other filmed beheadings and atrocities carried out by the group since seizing a third of Iraq in a lightning advance in 2014.

The demand for a cash ransom also stood in contrast to the group's other hostage demands.

The announced killings come as IS militants face increasing air strikes from a variety of countries including the US, Russia and France, as well as ground attacks from Kurdish and other forces.

They released a photo of the bomb it says was used to bring down a Russian passenger plane in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board.

The picture was published in the latest issue of the extremist group's English-language magazine, with the caption "Exclusive - Image of the IED used to bring down the Russian airliner."

The picture showed a yellow can of Schweppes Gold and what appeared to be other bomb components.

The extremist group, which has a powerful affiliate in the Sinai, had previously claimed to have downed the plane without offering further details.

Russia's FSB security service said on Tuesday that a bomb brought down the plane.

Most of those on board were Russian tourists.