Pinoy killed, 3 others injured in Libya attack


ZAWIYAH, Libya: A Filipino oil worker has been killed and five others wounded in a rocket attack on a coastal town west of the Libya capital, a Libyan security source said.

Three other Filipino oil workers were wounded in Sunday’s attack on Zawiya, 40 kilometers west of Tripoli, the source said.

The four Filipinos were riding in a car when the attack took place, the source said, adding that a Sudanese man and a Libyan man who were driving separate cars were also wounded.

The foreign ministry spokesman in Manila confirmed the death of one of its citizens.

“Our embassy in Tripoli confirmed that one Filipino died in (a) bombing in Zawiya,” spokesman Charles Jose said in a text message to AFP.

Libya has been wracked by conflict since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed veteran dictator Moammar Kadhafi, with rival militias and governments battling for its oil wealth.

The security source said Zawiya falls under the control of Fajr Libya, a militia coalition that in August seized Tripoli, where it has set up a rival government and parliament.

Manila has evacuated more than 4,000 Filipinos from Libya since July, when Fajr Libya battled loyalist forces for control of Tripoli.

Despite the political and security unrest, about 4,000 Filipinos continue to work in the country, lured by high salaries, with many employed in hospitals, by engineering firms and oil facilities.

In January, two Filipino women were among nine people killed in an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Three Filipinos were killed in an attack in February on the Al-Mabruk oil field in central Libya, where eight Libyan guards were also killed.



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