By Houda Mzioudet.
Tripoli, 12, July 2013:
The quick thinking of one Filipino nurse has foiled an abduction attempt on three expatriate hospital . . .[restrict]workers in Sebha.
A taxi, supposed to be taking the nurses home after a pre-Ramadan evening shopping trip, instead drove the three Filipinos, two men and one woman, to the outskirts of Sebha.
“It was an attempted abduction,” Filipino Consul General in Tripoli, Renato N. Duenes, told the Libya Herald.
“One of the nurses challenged the driver, threw a stone at him and was able to escape,” Duenes said, “and then the other two were also able to get away.”
An eyewitness, recognising the nurses as staff from the Sebha General Hospital, called the clinic. A colleague alerted the police but, by the time they arrived, the nurses had already escaped and were hiding, and the taxi had driven away from the scene.
“The three nurses are now safe, but they are still shaken by what happened to them,” Duenes said, adding that they had only been working in the country for nine months.
The nurses, all of whom are in their mid-twenties, are not yet back at work.
The event happened on the eve of Ramadan when Libyans often rush to do last-minute shopping before the beginning of a long month of fasting from sunset to sunrise. [/restrict]