Seoul Deploys Warship To Libya After S. Korean, Filipinos kidnapped

The address | Benghazi – Libya

SEOUL – On Thursday the Seoul government have announced, it had sent a warship to Libya for securing the release of the kidnapped South Korean citizen along with three Filipinos.

According to the agency, “Agence France-Presse,” officials from South Korea said “The 4,000-tonne vessel, Munmu the Great” involved in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, is now on its way to Libya.

Spokesman of Defense Ministry told Agence France-Presse “in addition to carrying out the task of protecting, the barge is preparing for all the assumptions, including the need for military support.”

Three Filipino and South Korean engineers were abducted on July 6 in an attack on the Great Man-Made River (GMR) project in western Libya.

The governments of the two countries confirmed the emergence of their citizens in a video posted on social networking sites this week. The video was published by SITE Group, which monitors extremist websites.

The video shows four people talking to the camera in English. Behind them appears an armed man sitting on the sand, but the kidnappers do not declare their identity, and no one claimed responsibility. The date of the shooting was unclear.

A spokesman for the presidential office in Seoul said the government “is doing all it can with the means available to the state,” adding that “his country and its president have never forgotten him.”

“The government of Seoul has been working closely with the government of Libya and other allies, such as the Philippines and the United States, since the incident, for [the safety of the hostages,]” he said.


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