Bangladesh asks Libya to take action against killers 26 Bangladeshis
Dhaka/UNI: Bangladesh on Saturday asked Libya to take stringent punitive actions against perpetrators of the massacre of its nationals alongside compensation for the victims a day after alleged hostage takers killed 26 Bangladeshis and wounded 11 others.
''Our mission in Libya contacted Tripoli government and demanded immediate investigations and appropriate punitive actions against the killers'', Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told UNI.
He said Bangladesh’s embassy in Libya also asked the UN recognized Tripoli based Government of National Accord (GNA) to inform Dhaka the identities of the perpetrators of the carnage.
On the other hand, Momen said, Dhaka communicated with International Organization for Migration (IOM) to bring back the bodies of 26 Bangladeshis, who were killed by their hostage takers along with four others of African origin.
The Minister, however, said Libyan interior ministry by now issued orders for the miscreants’ arrest to be exposed to justice.
But, Momen said, the massacre scene Mizda, a town 180 kilometres southwest off capital Tripoli virtually remained as a troubled spot though GNA authorities took control of the town chasing their rival forces from there a week ago.
He said reports from Tripoli suggested that ousted forces carried out a bombarded campaign in the town even two days ago, a situation that made it difficult to assume how and when the culprits could be tracked down.
On Thursday night, 30 people, 26 being Bangladeshis, in captivity at a hideout in Mizda, were shot dead in what it appeared to be an attack by hostage takers while their 11 other compatriots were wounded.
The foreign minister said in an overnight development, the injured Bangladeshis were brought to a Tripoli hospital for better treatment as the Bangladesh mission pursued their transfer with the Libyan authorities.