ISIS ‘kidnaps’ three African Christians in Libya

An Egyptian protester places a wooden cross at the entrance of the Libyan embassy. (File photo: AP)

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has kidnapped three African Christians in eastern Libya, the group said, publishing their passport pictures.

The men come from Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana, ISIS said in a statement on social media, without elaborating.

The kidnapping took place in Noufliyah, an ISIS stronghold southeast of the city of Sirte, said a resident, asking not to be named.

Mohamed El Hejazi, a military spokesman loyal to the internationally recognised government based in the east, also said the abduction happened in the small town.

The militant group has expanded in the North African country by exploiting chaos and a security vacuum like it did in Iraq and Syria.

ISIS militants have beheaded dozens and attacked foreign missions in Tripoli, while also fighting forces loyal to Libya's two government.

The official government has been based in the east since losing control of the capital Tripoli a year ago when a rival group called Libya Dawn seized it, setting up its own parliament and government.

 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45
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