26 Bangladeshis shot dead in Libya

Staff Correspondent

30 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

At least 26 Bangladeshi migrants were shot dead and 12 others injured in an attack in Mizda of Libya by hostage-takers on Thursday.

Some 38 Bangladeshis were in captivity at a hideout of Libyan Militia force in Mizda, 180 kilometers south of capital Tripoli, a statement of Foreign Ministry in Dhaka said on Friday.

Eleven of the injured were given primary medical treatment in Zintan and brought to Tripoli Medical Center for further treatment, according to officials.

Miscreants captivated Bangladeshis for ransom as the traffickers were escorting them to Tripoli from Benghazi across the desert 15 days ago, according to the statement.

At one point of tortures, the hostages killed the ‘main kidnapper’ and traffickers killed 26 Bangladeshi and four African migrants in revenge.

The dead were now kept at a Mizda hospital, where the wounded Bangladeshis were being treated as well with bullet wounds on their back, chest, hand and leg.

Bangladesh high commission is communicating with the International Migration Organization, Libyan Health Ministry regularly to provide assistance to survivors.

Reuters earlier quoting Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) confirmed the massacre saying 30 migrants were killed in the attack with the rest four being of African origins.

“We have just learned of this tragedy and are following up to get more details and provide assistance to survivors,” the news agency said quoting Libya spokeswoman for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Safa Msehli.

But GNA said the family of a Libyan people trafficker killed the 30 migrants in revenge for his death and added that 11 wounded survivors were taken to a hospital in Zintan.

Libya has long been a destination for migrants because of its oil-funded economy but is also an important way-station for people attempting to reach Europe across the Mediterranean.

Meanwhile, Ain O Shalishi Kendra expressed deep concern over the killing of expatriate Bangladeshis in Libya.

In a statement, the rights group urged the government to strengthen the diplomatic approach to bring the human traffickers into punishment alongside ensuring safety security of migrant workers.