Daesh frees Bangladeshi hostages in Libya
Relatives of Egyptian Coptic Christians murdered by Isis militants in Libya react after hearing the news on February 16, 2015 in the village of Al-Awar in Egypt's southern province of Minya. (AFP/File)
Two Bangladeshi oil workers in Libya returned to their home villages Tuesday after being held hostage by Daesh (ISIS) for a month, Reuters reported.
Daesh freed the two Austria oil firm employees, Muhammad Helal Uddin, 46, and Muhammad Anowar Hossain, 39, who were working in Libya after confirming they were Muslims. Anowar told Reuters the extremists asked the men to cite the Quran, and they had recited their prayers regularly.
"When they confirmed that we were Muslims, they assured us that we needn't panic and would be released," he said while in his village southwest of Dhaka. "They also asked us why we took a job in a non-Muslim company."
"We were not accustomed to that kind of life," Anowar added, saying the group treated their hostages well but life was hard in the Sahara Desert.
Daesh-affiliated groups are present in all regions of Libya, where in February Daesh executed 21 Coptic Christians. The militants have claimed several attacks on the country, including one targeting a luxury Tripoli hotel that housed government workers.