Filipino beheaded in Libya for not being a Muslim

Damaged building and debris outside are seen after heavy fighting broke out between rival militias near the airport in Tripoli. File photo.
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Suspected militiamen have beheaded a Philippine worker in Libya after singling him out because he was not a Muslim, the Philippine Foreign Department said.

Department spokesman Charles Jose said this reinforced the government’s order to all Filipinos to evacuate the country because of the worsening security situation.

He told reporters the Filipino construction worker was kidnapped on July 15 and his beheaded remains were found in a hospital on July 20.

“The vehicle he was riding in was stopped in a checkpoint. There were three of them– a Libyan, a Pakistani and a Filipino — and he was allegedly singled out because he was non-Muslim,” said Jose.

The kidnappers had initially negotiated with the Filipino’s company for a $160,000 ransom but eventually “they received a call from the abductors on July 20 (that) referred them to a Benghazi hospital”, he added.

The beheaded body was found in the hospital in an advanced state of decomposition, indicating he may have been dead even while the negotiations were going on, Jose added.

He indicated that the killing prompted the Philippines on Sunday to order its estimated 13,000 nationals in Libya to leave.

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