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Gunmen Take 9 Hostages in Libya, Many Oil Fields Closed

Reuters | VOA   in 
March 12, 2015

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.

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