CAIRO: The Islamic State group (IS) announced Sunday on social media that it has kidnapped three Christian Africans in Libya; an Egyptian, Ghanaian and Nigerian, posting their passport pictures.
“The three were kidnapped from Noufliyah in the southeast of the city of Sirte, Libya,” a Libyan resident told Al-Arabiya
The Christian Egyptian name is Bikhet Nageh, 21, from Sohag governorate of Upper Egypt. He was working in Barcaei in eastern Libya, people close to Nageh told Youm7 Sunday.
Nageh’s family refused to provide any details about the incident nor the date of his traveling to Libya or the nature of his work.
Security sources in Sohag told Youm7 that they have received no data about the kidnapped young man, while a close person to the family said that negotiations to release the Nageh in exchange for money are in process.
In January, IS kidnapped 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya’s city of Sirte and released a video of their beheading in February.
IS issued the seventh edition of its English-language magazine of Dabiq on Feb. 12, saying that the Copts were kidnapped “in revenge” for an Egyptian woman who was allegedly tortured in an Egyptian churches over converting to Islam.
During the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak, there were reports on Islamist website news claiming that Christian women, like Kamilia Shehata and Wafaa Constantine, had converted to Islam and were allegedly tortured in a church for being Muslim.