Islamic State has kidnapped 86 Eritrean Christians in Libya, including 12 women, according to the Stockholm-based International Commission on Eritrean Refugees (ICER).

The militants ambushed a vehicle carrying Eritrean refugees to Tripoli, before separating out the Christians from the Muslims by testing their knowledge of the Quran.

Meron Estefanos, a prominent Eritrean activist and founder of ICER, said she heard reports from eyewitnesses who managed to escape.

A similar incident happened in April when IS kidnapped 79 Eritrean and Ethiopian Christian refugees. Days later, more than 30 of the men were beheaded or shot dead in scrubland while young survivors were forced to watch.

Source: Daily Telegraph