ISIL insurgents released a video Sunday purporting to show the execution of 21 Egyptian Christians by the militants.
The footage was posted Sunday on Twitter feed of a website that supports ISIL, picturing the captives dressed in orange suits. In the video militants marched the captives to a beach, forced them onto their knees and then beheaded them.
Media reports emerged earlier on Sunday, claiming that a group of fishermen was abducted by the armed militants. The authorities of the syndicate in Kafr El-Sheikh, where the fishermen worked, urged the Egyptian government to take immediate action for the early return of their employees, according to Sky News Arabia.
In late December 2014, the gunmen in the Libyan city of Sirte captured a group of Egyptian workers, also Coptic Christians. It was later found that they were executed by Islamic State.
On Friday, the militants linked to the Islamic State seized a radio station in the city of Sirte, which is located 500 kilometres (310 miles) east of the Libyan capital Tripoli.
Libya has been hit by violence since 2011 Arab Uprising which saw former leader Muammar Gaddafi lose power.