ISIS has claimed credit for the abduction and murder of two Chinese nationals living in Pakistan.
According to reports, the two victims, Li Xinheng and Lu Ling Lina, were teachers at a private language school in Quetta and were said to be a couple.
China and Pakistan said on Friday that they launched investigations into the claims after a video featuring the bloodied bodies of a Chinese man and woman was sent to journalists.
Xinhua News Agency reported Friday that China’s government was seeking information regarding the case from Pakistani authorities.
“We have taken note of relevant reports and we express our grave concern. We have been trying to rescue the two kidnapped hostages over the past days,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. “The Chinese side is working to learn about and verify relevant information through various channels, including working with Pakistani authorities.”
Hua also emphasized China’s opposition to terrorism and extreme violence in any form.
Earlier Friday, the 24-second video of the Chinese man and woman was sent by ISIS to journalists working in Baluchistan.
Two Pakistani security officials in Islamabad said they were involved in the investigation and were aware of the video, yet no bodies have been found and the identities of the man and woman on the video have not been verified.
The two victims were reportedly kidnapped on May 24 by gunmen dressed as police who stopped their car in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan.
A bystander tried to intervene but was shot and wounded while rescuing a third person.
The ISIS news agency issued a statement on Thursday claiming that the two Chinese teachers had been killed.
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