The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday warned that foreigners are now “high-value targets” in Libya after a Filipino there was beheaded allegedly for being a non-Muslim.
“High-value targets [now are]foreigners, especially non-Muslims. [Not only] Filipinos,” Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said in a news briefing.
He confirmed that the Filipino, who was working in a construction company in Libya, was kidnapped on July 15 and beheaded later.|
The Filipino was allegedly traveling with his co-workers, a Libyan and a Pakistani, when they were stopped at a checkpoint in Benghazi guarded by a militia group.
“He was singled out because he was a non-Muslim,” Jose said, adding that the company where the Filipino was working learned of his beheading on July 20.
At the time, the company was negotiating with the militia group for a possible $160,000 ransom.
Jose said the Filipino has been identified and his relatives were already notified of his death.
Over the weekend, the department once again raised alert level 4 in Libya and urged all Filipinos there to leave.
So far, 200 Filipinos have expressed desire to be repatriated from Libya.