MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines says a Filipino construction worker kidnapped by militiamen in Libya has been beheaded by his captors. He’s the first Filipino casualty since the civil strife erupted anew in the North African state since the first civil war that toppled Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in 2011.
Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said Monday the Filipino worker was kidnapped on July 15. He was subsequently beheaded in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, following ransom negotiations.
The Filipino’s decomposed body was found in a hospital on Sunday. His family has requested his name not be released.
The Philippine government is enforcing the mass evacuation of around 13,000 Filipinos in Libya due to increasing violence and lawlessness there, the closure of major airports, and heightened threats to their safety.