Thirty Ethiopians kidnapped in Libya arrive Egypt

Thirty Ethiopians kidnapped in Libya arrive at Cairo airport in Egypt, welcomed by Abdel Fattah el Sisi

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Egyptian state media said a group of Ethiopians who reported to have been kidnapped in Libya arrived in Egypt on Thursday, claiming Egyptian authorities managed to get them released.

The media said the kidnapped Ethiopians have been rescued in an operation by Egyptian army forces, quoted Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi as saying.

State news agency MENA gave no details of the 30-rescued Ethiopians, circumstances of their detention, or the manner of their release, but Egyptian officials had provided intelligence to the Libyan authorities that help them free the Ethiopians, who had been kept in the cities of Derna and Misrata, according to Reuters.

One Ethiopian among the kidnapped group said they had been held by Libyan immigration authorities, giving no information about any rescue operation.

"The Libyan government came and took us to the anti-illegal immigration body and then the Egyptian government took us from there," he told reporters at the airport, where the Egyptian president welcomed them.

ISIS released a video in late April, showing its fighters shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopians in Libya, following another high-profile attack on foreigners in Libya, beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in February.

Sisi ordered air strikes on ISIS targets in Libya after the killing of the Egyptians and also forced to fight against home attacks, which mainly have been taking place in Sinai where many Egyptian security forces have been killed.


TRTWorld and agencies