By Libya Herald reporter.
Benghazi, 28 April 2015:
Doubts are being cast on yesterday’s reports of the five-member TV crew of Cyrenaica . . .[restrict]TV having been killed by the Islamic State (IS).
Despite allegations that bodies had been found, either near Beida or Derna, there have been no pictures published, no statements from officials who would normally quick to indict IS for such a crime, and the families in Ajdabiya of four of the TV team say they have heard nothing.
The government’s official spokesman, Hatem Oraibi, has meanwhile said that the administration knows nothing about any bodies being found. Nor have hospitals anywhere in the east of the country reported five bodies being brought in.
The five were seized on 5 August last year while they were driving back to Ajdabiya from Tobruk where they had been filming the inauguration of the House of Representatives.
For its part IS is reported first to have put out a statement denying the killings, then another denying that that it had put any such statement.
“It’s just rumours on Twitter,” said a Libyan reporter who has been in touch with the families. “There is no reason to believe it’s true.” [/restrict]