26 Slain Bangladeshis Buried in Libya

All of the 26 Bangladeshi migrant workers who were killed by the kidnappers in Libya in the desert town of Mizdah on Thursday, have been buried there, according to Bangladesh Embassy in Libya.

Counsellor (labor) at Bangladesh Embassy ASM Ashraful Islam said that local authorities have arranged their burial at Mizdah, some 180-km south of Tripoli.

He said that ‘we have no alternative to accepting such burial. Also, we think that it would have been difficult to fly them to Bangladesh as the airline operations are suspended now.’

Meanwhile, Sayedul, the Bangladeshi migrant who fled the killing scene and informed the Bangladesh mission about the incident, has been brought to Tripoli and is now undergoing treatment.

The 11 Bangladeshis who were injured in the attack were admitted to a hospital in Tripoli where they are undergoing treatment.

The Bangladesh mission in Tripoli confirmed that 38 Bangladeshis and some Africans were held hostage by the Libyan criminals, who could be human traffickers.

They were being brought to Tripoli on Thursday. On the way, the traffickers demanded high amount of money, although the victims had earlier paid up to $10,000 each. There were hot negotiation between the traffickers and the victims.

At one stage, the main trafficker was killed by an African. In return, other members of the trafficking gang fired shots abruptly at the Bangladeshis and Africans.

According to Bangladesh foreign ministry sources, the deceased have been identified so far. They are Zakir Hossain, Syadul, Jewel, Feruj, Jewel, Manik, Asadul, Ainal Mollah and Monir from Madaripur, Rajon, Shakil, Shakib, Shohag and Rahim from Kishoreganj, Sujan and Kamrul from Gopalganj, Rakibul from Jashore, Arfan from Dhaka, Lal Chand from Tangail, and Shamim, Akash, Mohammad Ali, Sajib, and Shahin.

The injured are Firoz Bepari, Shamrat Khalashi and Mohammad Ali from Madaripur, Sajid from Faridpur, Janu Mia, Sajal Mia, and Shohag Ahmed from Kishoreganj, Omar Sheikh from Gopalganj, Tariqul Islam from Tangail, and Bakul Hossain and Bappi from Chuadanga.

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