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Issue 11 of Dabiq, ISIS’s English-language magazine released on September 9, 2015, contains two pages dedicated to advertising two prisoners that are for sale. Those who are interested are told to contact a “Telegram” number provided. Telegram is an encrypted app that is popular with ISIS fighters and supporters.
The first prisoner listed is a Norwegian named Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Oftadd. It lists his home address, his date of birth, his education, and his place of birth in Porsgrunn, Norway. The ad reads, “To whom it may concern of the crusaders, pagans, and their allies, as well as what are referred to as human ‘rights’ organizations: This Norwegian prisoner was abandoned by his government, which did not do its utmost to purchase his freedom. Whoever would like to pay for the ransom for his release and transfer can contact the following Telegram number.” The ad mentions at the end that this is a limited-time offer.
The second page featured displays a Chinese prisoner named Fan Jinghui from Beijing. The same message and personal details are listed for Jinghui. His occupation is listed as freelance consultant.