Libya Massacre

Chattogram airport too used by traffickers

Muktadir Rashid | Published: 00:42, Jun 07,2020


The police launched another case on Saturday over the shooting death of 26 Bangladeshis and human trafficking in Libya on May 28 after a victim alleged that his brother-in-law was trafficked to Libya from Chattogram airport via Dubai airport.

In a complaint with the Tejgaon police station on Saturday, Muhammad Ali said that his brother-in-law Isar Uddin was trafficked along with a few others from Shah Amanat International Airport in Chattogram to send them to Libyan city of Benghazi through Dubai.

Criminal Investigation Department investigators said that most of the human traffickers used Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka or travelled through India to reach the United Arab Emirate before their final fly to Benghazi.

Muhammad Ali named 10 people, including three expatriates, who stayed in Libya and the UAE for the trafficking and collecting the extortion money from his relative by torture.

He said that his brother-in-law was lured with a better living but Isar was killed and his body concealed.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police detective branch (north) deputy commissioner Mashiur Rahman said that they were trying to nab the criminals responsible for the killings and human trafficking.

Twenty-six Bangladeshis were shot dead and 12 others injured in a gun attack by Libyan human traffickers in Mizda, a desert town some 180km from Tripoli, on May 28.

The CID has also identified at least 75 Bangladeshi expatriates in Libya, Egypt and the UAE and their local representatives in Bangladesh over the allegation.

The CID has so far arrested seven suspects while the Rapid Action Battalion and other agencies have held 11 others in connection with at least 11 cases filed with different police stations in Dhaka, Madaripur, Faridpur, Kishorganj, among others, over the incident.

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