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Filipino Nurse Abducted and Gang-Raped by Libyan Militants

| by Will Hagle

Religious groups around the world have taken note of the violence carried out by ISIS (or The Islamic State), the group of militants which is growing stronger in its attempts to establish a state across the border between Iraq and Syria. The group has targeted religious groups such as Christians in certain attacks, and they have also forced the majority of the Yazidi faith to retreat from their homes in Iraq in order to take hiding from the advancing militants. 

According to the Inquistr, the group's presence has spread into other states throughout the region, including Libya. That's where a Christian nurse from the Philippines was allegedly abducted and raped by six members of the militant group in an attack that took place in the capital city of Tripoli last Wednesday. 

The woman was released by her captors two hours after she was abducted near her home, and she was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The attack marked the second instance of violence against Filipino citizens in recent weeks, as a construction worker from the Philippines was recently beheaded due to his non-Muslim religious beliefs. 

In response to the violence, the Filipino government has called for the 13,000 of its citizens that currently reside in Libya to evacuate the country, the International Business Times reports. 

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"We reiterate our call to our remaining nationals in Libya to immediately get in touch with the Philippine embassy in Tripoli and register for repatriation," read a foreign department advisory note issued by government officials. 

Although ISIS currently has its major strongholds in Iraq and Syria, Libya has continued to struggle against a growing presence of insurgents in the country. 

Sources: Inquisitr, International Business Times

Photo Credit: AFP, Reuters