Egyptian migrants killed in Libya by human traffickers

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Human traffickers killed 13 Egyptian migrants in Libya in a dispute over money, the United Nations said.

05libya-map-articleInlineThe UN has called for an investigation into the incident in Bani Walid.

A local official said on April 27 that a group of Egyptians had killed three Libyan human traffickers in the dispute and attempted to drive the bodies away, but were stopped at a checkpoint when blood was noticed on their car.

A fourth trafficker then went to the police station where the Egyptians were being held and opened fire on them, the official said.

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants are currently in Libya seeking to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

Powerful smuggling networks linked to Libya’s numerous armed militia groups are said to control the flow of migrants, who are frequently subjected to abuse.