President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called Sunday an urgent meeting of Egypt’s top national security body after ISIS militants released a video purportedly showing the beheading of Egyptian Christians in Libya.
The security body groups Sisi, his defense and interior ministers and top military figures in Egypt, which last year denied reports of having carried out air strikes on Islamists in Libya.
ISIS released a video on Sunday purportedly showing the beheading of Egyptian Coptic Christians the militants say they captured in Libya.
The footage released online shows handcuffed hostages wearing orange jumpsuits being beheaded by their black-suited captors on a seashore in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.
Egypt also announced a seven-day mourning period.