Pakistan's interior ministry has confirmed that the two Chinese nationals who were kidnapped and killed by Islamic State militants in May were preachers.
The men were abducted last month in the Baluchistan province and were believed to be Mandarin language teachers.
"Islamic State fighters killed two Chinese people they had been holding in Baluchistan province, southwest Pakistan," the terrorist-linked Amaq News Agency said.
The men were 24-year-old Lee Zingyang and 26-year-old Meng Lisi. The interior ministry claimed that both Lee and Meng were in violation of their visa rules because they were preaching instead of learning Urdu.
"Instead of engaging in any business activity," they went to Quetta and under the garb of learning (the) Urdu language from a Korean national ... Were actually engaged in preaching," Reuters quotes the ministry as saying.
According to Chinese reports, a local Muslim community complained about the pair's evangelism.
Zingyang and Lisi reportedly belonged to a small Christian missionary group in China that was led by a South Korean national.
The interior ministry has announced it will now "streamline" its visa policy for Chinese nationals.
This is not the first Chinese national ISIS has killed. In 2015, the group killed a 50-year-old Beijing native who had been held hostage for months.
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Publication date: June 14, 2017
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