The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has released news that it kidnapped three African Christians in Libya, says Reuters.
In a statement on social media, IS said the men are from Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana. The group published the men’s passport pictures for verification. They are believed to have been captured around July 11 as they entered the country.
The Cairo Post reports that negotiations are underway to release Bikhet Nageh, 21, in exchange for money. The Nigerian man has been named by This Day Live as Adeola Ibrahim. Libya Herald published a photograph of Ghanaian hostage Sekyere wearing an orange jumpsuit.
The abduction happened near the IS-controlled city of Sirte.
In early June, IS abducted 88 Eritrean Christians in Libya. The Christians were seized when a people-smugglers’ convoy was ambushed by IS near Oum Walid, according to the Libya Herald.
Earlier this year in Libya, groups of 21 Egyptian and 28 Ethiopian Christians were kidnapped by IS and later killed.
The Egyptian government warned citizens not to travel to Libya, but many Egyptians and other Africans have said they feel compelled to migrate there for better-paying work in the oil and gas industries.
Libya is ranked #13 on the Open Doors 2015 World Watch List of the 50 worst persecutors of Christians.
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