26 Bangladesh nationals killed in Libya attack, 12 injured

Shahidul Islam Chowdhury | Published: 00:02, May 29,2020 | Updated: 04:03, May 29,2020


At least 26 Bangladesh citizens were killed and 12 others injured in an attack in Mizda, about 180 kilometres from Libyan capital Tripoli, on Thursday, according Bangladesh embassy in Libya.

‘Twenty six Bangladesh citizens were killed in an attack, according to primary information, and 12 others were injured,’ Bangladesh ambassador to Libya Sk Sekander Ali told New Age over phone on Thursday night.

Eleven of the injured were given primary medical treatment in Zintan and brought to Tripoli Medical Center for further treatment, he said, adding that another injured person would also be brought to the medical centre.

The ambassador said they were yet to know details about the Bangladesh citizens who were killed and the reason behind the attack. ‘We are waiting for the details,’ he said.

He said the interior ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya issued a statement in this regard.

The GNA statement said 26 Bangladeshi citizens and four African people were killed by the family of a slain human trafficker of Libya. 

Diplomatic sources said it might have been a revenge attack in which the Bangladeshis and others were killed.

Libya has long been a destination for migrants. But it has now become a major station for migrants trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean because of the ongoing war, poor living conditions and bad economic situations in Libya.

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