Ghanaian kidnapped by ISIS identified

Th Ghanaian man who is held in Libya by militants of the Islamic State has been identified as Kofi Frimpong Sekyere, born in Accra.

Twitter accounts linked to the group have posted a scan of his passport online, alongside a recent picture in which he was blindfolded.

Sekyere was allegedly being held alongside a Nigerian and an Egyptian man, according to a report by Press Agency Reuters. 

Large parts of Libya have fallen to Islamist groups, who have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State militants who are active in Syria and Iraq, and are known under the names ISIS or ISIL.

In April, a group of 29 Christians from Ethiopia was filmed being beheaded on a beach in Libya. The propaganda video was later posted online which received responses of shock from around the world.

The Ghanaian Times reported on Monday, July 20, 2015 about the kidnapping of Sekyere and two other Africans by militants of the Islamic state.

Their spokesman, Mohammed el hejazi, confirmed capturing them to Reuters in a statement on social media, without elaborating.

The three were captured in Noufliyah, an Islamic state stronghold south east of the city of Sirte, said a resident, asking not to be named.

Passport pictures of the three were subsequently published.

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