The UN-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) has condemned the killing of 26 Bangladeshi nationals in the country and has pledged Bangladesh that it would expose the offenders.
On May 28, 30 European immigrant aspirants, of which 26 were Bangladeshis, in captivity at a hideout in Mizda, a town 180 kilometres southwest off capital Tripoli, were shot dead. The attack appears to be by the hostage takers in which 11 other Bangladeshi nationals were wounded.
All the killed Bangladeshis were victims of human trafficking and were being tortured for more money for their illegal migration across the Mediterranean.
The Libyan Foreign Ministry sent a condolence message to Dhaka in which it vowed to expose the perpetrators by stating the killing as ‘cowardly’. It expressed its deep sympathy to families of the victims as well as Bangladesh government.
The condolence message also read that Tripoli would inform the Bangladesh government as well as members of the victims’ families about its steps taken regarding investigation and trial over the killing.
A team of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-3 has arrested in Bangladesh a human trafficker ring leader named Kamal Hossain alias Haji Kamal (55), who allegedly was involved in trafficking the slayed 26 Bangladeshi nationals. Apart from it, the law enforcement agencies so far have detained two traffickers -Mohammad Baharul Alam alias Bacchu Military from Bhairab – allegedly involved in the incident.