More Filipino Nurses Held By ISIS in Libya Missing, Feared Dead

Three or four Filipino nurses held hostage by terrorist group Islamic State remain missing and are feared dead, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr said in an interview Monday.

This comes a day after he received eight Filipino nurses, along with a 10-month-old baby, freed from ISIS captivity. They were rescued when Libyan soldiers recaptured an area previously held by ISIS.

“..there are at least three or four others who unfortunately continue to be missing and they are feared dead,” he said.

In addition to the eight who arrived Sunday night, two other nurses who managed to escape ISIS captivity and went home ahead, he added.

The Filipino nurses were abducted in Sirte in 2014 and were forced to treat wounded ISIS militants.

Yasay expressed gratitude to Libyan forces for helping the rescue of the kidnapped Filipinos.

“I would also like to take this opportunity in thanking the Libyan Embassy here and the Libyan government for that matter. Without their cooperation and immediate information conveyed to us, we would not be able to act as swiftly as possible,” he said.