ISIS Kidnaps 88 Eritrean Christians in Libya
Eighty-eight Eritrean Christians from Libya are being held captive by Islamic State jihadists.
Fox News reports the terror group kidnapped the victims from a people-smugglers caravan last week. A U.S. defense official confirmed the report.
The ISIS terror group kidnapped 88 Eritrean Christians from a people-smugglers’ caravan in Libya last week, a U.S. defense official confirmed Monday.
The defense official confirmed initial reports of the mass kidnapping to Fox News after seeing a recent intelligence report. The independent Libya Herald newspaper reported that the convoy was ambushed by militants south of Tripoli before dawn this past Wednesday morning.
Meron Estafanos, the co-founder of the Stockholm-based International Commission on Eritrean Refugees, told the paper that the group of migrants included “about 12 Eritrean Muslims and some Egyptians. They put them in another truck and they put 12 Eritrean women Christians in a smaller pick-up”.
Estafanos said that the militants had initially stopped the truck and demanded that the Muslims on board make themselves known. Everyone who responded was asked about the Koran and their religious observance in an attempt to catch Christians pretending to be Muslims.
Meron Estafanos is an international rights activist and co-founder of the International Commission on Eritrean Refugees headquartered in Stockholm.
She told Fox the ISIS fighters demanded Muslims and Christians to identify themselves, asking them questions about the Koran and Islamic observance.
Then they put many of the Christians on a truck and took them to an unknown location.
Report via CBN News
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