Seven Copts Kidnapped In Libya

ICC Note: Another group of Egyptian Christians were kidnapped while trying to escape from violence-riddle Libya. On Tuesday, seven Egyptian Christians had hired a minibus to drive them out of the country when they were stopped by armed men who detained them. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has been notified, but it is unclear what will be done to find and free these men.

12/31/2014 Libya (Watani) In another episode of targeting Copts living in Libya, the first hours of Tuesday 30 December saw seven Copts kidnapped while on their way back home from Libya to Minya, Egypt.

Father Estefanous Shehata, of the church of Anba Karas and Pope Kyrillos in Samalout, Minya, told Watani that the seven young Coptic men who worked in Libya had hired a Microbus to drive them across the Libyan border into Egypt.

Near al-Mawarda district in Libya, a group of armed men stopped the microbus and held the seven Copts.

Father Shehata said that the Samalout bishopric and the families of the lost men appealed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to the Egyptian Ambassador to Libya to investigate the matter and help return the young men safely.

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