Has Jihadi John re-emerged in latest ISIS video? Militant holds knife in his trademark left hand as terror group threaten to execute hostage kidnapped in Cairo in 48 hours if ‘Muslim women’ are not freed by Egypt
- Croatian man Tomislav Salopek appears in video pleading for his life
- Says ISIS fighters will kill him if Egypt refuses to release female prisoners
- Croatia’s foreign ministry has said someone of same initials was kidnapped
A video purportedly released by ISIS has threatened to kill a Croatian father-of-two if Egyptian authorities do not release ‘Muslim women’ held in prison within 48 hours.
The video, which was shared on Wednesday by Islamic State sympathisers, shows a man wearing a yellow jumpsuit kneeling before a knife-wielding masked man in military fatigues.
The man, who remains silent the whole time, holds the knife in his left hand – just like Jihadi John, leading to speculation it may be the British murderer.
Reading from a note, he identifies himself as 30-year-old Tomislav Salopek, and says ISIS fighters captured him on July 22.
If Egyptian authorities do not act, he says, he will be killed.
‘My name is Tomislav Salopek, I am 30 years old and I am coming from Croatia. I am married and I have two children,’ he tells the camera, also revealing he works for a French company and is based in Cairo.
According to LinkedIn, Mr Salopek is a topographer, and has previously worked in Syria, Egypt, Libya, Marocco, Iraq, Kurdistan and the Czech Republic.
Mr Salopek continues: ‘They want to substitute me with the Muslim womens arrested in Egyptian prisons.
‘This matter have to be achieved before 48 hours from now, if not the soldiers of Wilyat Sina will kill me.’
Wilyat Sina is the Arabic phrase for the Egyptian group calling itself the Sinai Province of the Islamic State.
It was not clear where the video, entitled A Message to the Egpytian Government, was shot. Nor was it exactly clear who the militants wanted released.
According to the Croatian newspaper Glas Slavonije, he was kidnapped on the way to work.
Egypt, a majority Muslim country, now holds thousands of Islamists and suspected supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group in prison. That follows the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
It comes as Egypt prepares to unveil a new extension of the Suez Canal, an event it has been promoting for months.