Indian nurse, child, killed in shell attack in Libya

An Indian nurse and her 18-month-old son were killed in a shell attack on their residence in Libya, Indian politicians said Saturday.

The nurse Sunu Sathyan and her son were killed Friday when a rocket hit their apartment in Zawiya, about 45 kilometres west of Tripoli, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said on microblogging site Twitter.

The nurse, who was from the southern Indian state of Kerala, and 26 other Indians were working in Zawiya hospital, Swaraj tweeted.

Twelve other Indians were trapped in the apartment complex where the nurse died, Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy told reporters.

"We are in touch with people in Libya and our embassy there," Chandy said. "We are doing our best to bring back all Indians stuck there."

Libya is currently in a state of chaos, torn apart by a civil war, with reports that the Islamic State is expanding.

Last update: Sat, 26/03/2016 - 13:26

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