By Libya Herald reporters.
Benghazi, 27 March 2016:
Some mystery surrounds the death of four Bangladeshis reportedly killed during fighting yesterday in Benghazi. . . .[restrict]The Bangladeshi authorities in Dhaka said that three of the bodies had been recovered but a fourth had not, suggesting that at least one of the deaths had occurred in a conflict zone.
They also indicated that the men had died as a result of shooting between rival militias rather than in fighting between the army and IS and Ansar Al-Sharia forces in the south-west of the city. Therefore rather than being terrorist fighters, they would appear to have been innocent victims of the violence.
These deaths follow hard on Friday’s abduction by five suspected IS men of two Bangladeshis who had gone to a neighbourhood food store in Tripoli. No more has been heard of them since.
It is believed that there are still around 20,000 Bangladeshis working in Libya. Their government has stopped new workers heading for Libya and has urged those already here to get out. Bangladeshis tend to be given work in refuse collection, sweeping and cleaning. [/restrict]