Gunmen Take 9 Hostages in Libya, Many Oil Fields Closed
Officials on Monday confirmed that suspected Islamic State-backed gunmen took nine foreigners hostage last week in a raid on a Libyan oil field.
The hostages include four Filipinos, two Europeans, a Ghanian and at least one Bangladeshi, the International Business Times reported Monday. The London-based Independent said the European nationals were Austrian and Czech.
The attack took place Friday on the al-Ghani oil field south of the Libyan city of Sirte, officials said. The gunmen killed 11 guards, shooting or beheading them, before they were driven off.