S. Korean PM asks Libya to secure release of abducted Korean, Filipino workers

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on Thursday called on Head of the Libyan Presidency Council, Faiez Serraj, to secure the safe release of a South Korean and three Filipino workers abducted in Libya.

It came in a phone call between Serraj and Lee who was in a short visit to Tunisia to meet President

Serraj asserted that his government will continue its efforts to release the abducted workers.

The three Filipino engineers and a South Korean were abducted in an attack by unidentified militants on a water project site in western Libya on 6 July.

They were featured in a video shared on social media. The video showed the four men calling on their governments to release them.

The attack has not been claimed by any group. It was not clear when the video was shot and whether the workers are still alive.

Since former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi was ousted from power and killed in 2011, foreign workers and diplomatic missions have frequently been targeted by militias or extremists such as the Islamic State group.


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