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Ethiopia: 3 days of mourning after confirmation of Islamic State killings

Ahaza Kassaye, the mother of Eyasu Yikunoamlak who was held captive in Libya and killed by the Islamic State group, mourns his death with relatives and friends in the poor Cherkos Village neighborhood of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Monday, April 20, 2015. Many in Ethiopia are reeling from the news that several Ethiopians were killed in Libya by the Islamic State group, which over the weekend released a video purporting to show the killings that has shocked many in the predominantly Christian country where some on Monday gathered in an Addis Ababa slum to mourn two former residents whose faces were recognized in the Islamic State video. (AP Photo)

Ahaza Kassaye, the mother of Eyasu Yikunoamlak who was held captive in Libya and killed by the Islamic State group, mourns his death with relatives and friends in the poor Cherkos Village neighborhood of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Monday, April 20, 2015. Many in Ethiopia are reeling from the news that several Ethiopians were killed in Libya by the Islamic State group, which over the weekend released a video purporting to show the killings that has shocked many in the predominantly Christian country where some on Monday gathered in an Addis Ababa slum to mourn two former residents whose faces were recognized in the Islamic State video. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Ethiopia's government has declared three days of mourning after confirming that many Ethiopians held captive in Libya were killed by the Islamic State group, after the group released a video on Sunday of the killings.

The government said in a statement Monday that the days of mourning will be observed starting Tuesday and that during this time the national flag will fly at half-mast.

The statement said that Ethiopia's lawmakers will meet Tuesday to discuss the killings and consider a response.

A 29-minute video believed to be released by the Islamic militants shows at least 35 Ethiopian Christians held captive in Libya being shot or beheaded by extremists.

Redwan Hussein, an Ethiopian government spokesman, said on Sunday that he believed the victims were Ethiopian migrants trying to reach Europe.