15 Egyptian abductees in Libya expected home soon: official
AFP/Mahmud Turkia

CAIRO: The 15 Egyptian citizens kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) group in Libya will be released “within 24 hours,” Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs and Egyptian Expatriates Hesham al Naqeeb was quoted by state news agency MENA Thursday.

Naqeeb quoted Egyptian ambassador to Tripoli as saying that Magdy Abdel Rahman, one of the 15 abductees, was released by Libyan authorities Tuesday, while efforts are underway to release the rest.

Lawyer Ramy Magdy, whose father is among the abductees, filed a report to the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday claiming that 15 workers from the governorates of Gharbia, Kafr el-Sheikh, and Sohag have been abducted by the Islamic State group (IS) in Libya, according to Youm7.

Magdy said he was informed with the incident through a phone call he received earlier from his brother, who also works in Libya.

The oil-rich state has been witnessing a rising militancy and an increasing use of weapons since the overthrow of President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Egypt bombed Islamic State (IS) targets in Libya hours after the militants released a graphic video of beheadings of 21 Copts (Egyptian Christians.)

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