China is "gravely concerned" about the reported killing of two kidnapped Chinese nationals in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province late last month, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday.
Islamic State killed two Chinese teachers in the province last month, the militant group's Amaq news agency said Thursday. A Baluchistan government spokesman had said officials were trying to confirm if the report was true.
"We have taken note of relevant reports and we express our grave concern. We have been trying to rescue the two kidnapped hostages over the past days," Xinhua quoted Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying as saying.
"The Chinese side is working to learn about and verify relevant information through various channels, including working with Pakistani authorities," Xinhua quoted her as saying.
(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)