ISIS claims kidnapping of three Christians in Libya

ISIS reportedly kidnapped three African Christians in Libya for which it claimed responsibility

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

ISIS on Saturday claimed responsibility for kidnapping three African Christians in Noufliyah, Libya.

The kidnapped men were Egyptian, Nigerian, and Ghanaian citizens, according to a statement which was released by the militant group.

ISIS has expanded throughout North Africa as it did in Iraq and Syria, and frequently sparks chaos in the region, with killings, bombings and abductions.

The militant group has attacked scores of foreigners in Tripoli, beheaded dozens of others, while fighting forces within Libya itself.

Last month, the Al Qaeda-affiliated militias pushed ISIS militants out of the centre of the city, which they had controlled since late 2014.

Libya has its own source of turmoil as it is currently a nation divided into two parliaments after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with the General National Council (GNC) administering in the capital, Tripoli, and the rival House of Representatives in Tobruk.  

ISIS has also immediately taken advantage of the ongoing air strikes and operations against the Houthis in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition.

TRTWorld and agencies