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Killing of 26 Bangladeshis in Libya: Main culprit killed in drone strike

 International Desk

 Published: 01:28 PM, 3 June 2020   Updated: 01:33 PM, 3 June 2020

Photo: Collected

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Militia leader Khaled Al-Mishai, who was allegedly responsible for the killing of 26 Bangladeshi nationals s in Libya, was killed in a drone strike, reported a Libyan media. 

"Warlord Haftar’s militiaman Khaled Al-Mishai was killed in a drone strike by Libyan air force south of Gharyan on Tuesday. Al-Mishai is allegedly responsible for the murder of 26 Bangladeshis and 4 African migrants in Mizdah town," the Libya Observer tweeted. 

According to local media reports, Khaled al-Mishai was a follower of rebel General Khalifa Haftar, who controls a part of Libya. Though many areas including the capital Tripoli are under the control of Libya's United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), many oil-rich areas including Benghazi are under the control of Khalifa Haftar's forces. 

Recently, many migrants, including Bangladeshis, were held hostage in a place in the desert town of Mizdah for ransom by a human trafficking ring. At one stage, the migrant workers locked into a clash with the gang, leaving one human trafficker dead. 

Later, the 30 migrants including 26 were shot to death by the family of the human trafficker in revenge for his death. 11 more Bangladeshis were injured in the incident. Libya's GNA government has blamed Khalifa Haftar's men for supplying arms and leading the attack.