Four Bangladeshis killed in Libya - minister
28 March 2016, 11:08
Dhaka - Four Bangladeshis have been killed in gunfights
between rival groups in the war-torn Libyan city of Benghazi, a minister said
State minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam told AFP
authorities did not yet have full details on the dead.
Alam said embassy officials had received three bodies and
they were being stored in a hospital in Libya. The fourth body had not yet been
"They died in clashes between two Libyan groups in
Benghazi on Saturday," Alam said.
An estimated 20 000 Bangladeshis are believed to be working
in Libya even though Dhaka some six months ago banned the sending of workers to
the war-racked country.
Last year two Bangladeshi workers were abducted by suspected
Islamic State militants from a southern Libya oilfield. They were freed after
more than two weeks.
Libya has descended into chaos since the 2011 ousting of
longtime dictator Muammar Gaddhafi, allowing jihadists including the Islamic
State group to gain ground in the oil-rich country.
The country has had two rival administrations since mid-2014
when an armed alliance overran the capital, setting up its own authority. The
government backed by the internationally recognised parliament fled east.