By Libya Herald reporter.
Benghazi, 15 September, 2015:
Islamic State forces claim to have executed a Tunisian man in Benghazi. It claims the man, . . .[restrict]whom it named as Saleh Mohamed Khadraoui, had been spying for the Libya National Army. He is said to have been a baker.
It is not known when, let alone if the supposed execution took place. IS has developed a reputation for deliberate misinformation for propaganda purposes. Photos posted of the killing initially look real enough, but on closer inspection appear to have been tampered with.
In January, IS claimed to have executed two Tunisian journalists, Sofiane Chourabi and Nadhir Gtari, who were kidnapped near Ajdabiya a year ago. Tunisian officials subsequently said the two were dead and launched charges against two Egyptians now held in Beida and said to be involved in the killings. However, the Tunisian authorities now say they believe the journalists are still alive.
If true, the Benghazi killing may been been to punish Tunisia which on Friday arrested another six Tunisian militants trying to enter Libya. They are suspected of planning to join IS. Many IS and Ansar Al-Sharia fighters in Libya are Tunisian. [/restrict]