A video has emerged purportedly showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) in Libya.
The footage shows a group wearing orange overalls, being forced to the ground and then decapitated.
It was posted online by Libyan jihadists who say they are allied with IS.
It’s getting to be like living in an old myth, or in a wilderness full of bears. Or in Europe circa 1942.
The kidnapped Egyptian workers, all Coptic Christians, were seized from the coastal town of Sirte in eastern Libya, now under the control of Islamist groups.
On Friday, IS released pictures of the Egyptians, saying they had been kidnapped to avenge the fate of Muslim women “tortured and murdered by the Coptic church of Egypt”.
Egypt’s government has warned people not to travel to Libya, but many go there looking for work.
It’s not as if Copts are treated all that well in Egypt.
Moving south and east on the continent, we come to Nigeria.
A female suicide bomber has killed at least seven people at a crowded bus station in north-eastern Nigeria.
Police say more than 30 others were wounded in the city of Damaturu, capital of Yobe State.
No group has said it carried out the bombing but the jihadist group Boko Haram has previously launched attacks in the city.
At this rate Boko Haram and Islamic State will soon be able to join forces. Bears. The bears are winning.
Marcos Danladi, police commissioner of Yobe State, said Sunday’s attack took place at the Damaturu Central Motor Park.
According to reports, the female suicide bomber arrived in a vehicle and walked into a crowd outside a grocery store at the end of the terminal where she detonated her explosives.
Atta girl – walk into that crowd before you detonate.
A busy Sunday.