The Islamic State group posted pictures of the two men wearing yellow prison outfits in their latest English language jihadist magazine, Dabiq, on Wednesday.
Forty eight year old Norwegian Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad and fifty year old Chinese Fan Jinghui, a freelance consultant from Beijing are said to being being held hostage by the terrorist group.
A message below the photo from the Islamic State group said, “To whom it may concern of the Crusaders, pagans, and their allies, as well as what are referred to as human “rights” organizations, this prisoner was abandoned by his government, which did not do its utmost to purchase his freedom”.
On the side of the photo a second message said, “Whoever would like to pay the ransom for his release and transfer can contact the following telegram number,” adding that this is a “limited time offer”.
The messages did not ask for a specific amount of money nor did either message say when the men were taken hostage.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said in a statement, “I can confirm that a Norwegian citizen has been kidnapped and is being held prisoner in Syria”.
Solberg said Norway has created an “emergency response team”, adding, “This is a heavy burden to bear and we have given the family support throughout this process.
Chinese officials have yet to comment.