Abducted Bangladeshis rescued in Libya

Libyan police have rescued abducted Bangladeshi workers from Tripoli’s Misrata. Relatives of Thakurgaon’s Asaduzzaman Rasel and Munshiganj’s ‘Ripon’ said both men were rescued around Monday afternoon.

Rasel and Ripon were abducted from a bazaar in Misrata on Friday.

The Islamic State (IS) was initially suspected to be behind the incident but Rasel and Ripon said local gangsters had whisked them away.

Ripon said, besides them, five people from India and Sri Lanka were also kept in a house about 30 kilometres away from the place of their abduction.

“Our roommates – Shahin, Tabarul and Al Madina Limited owners – informed local police,” he told bdnews24.com after being rescued.

Ripon also said the culprits demanded a ransom of 10,000 Libyan Dinar.

After police swung into action, the gangsters did not let the victims contact with anyone over the phone.

Police conducted a drive around 2pm Bangladesh time on Monday. The five mobsters locked them inside a room and fled from the scene.

Later police set them free by breaking open the lock, Ripon said.

Rasel’s relatives told bdnews24.com that they had talked to Rasel over phone after the rescue operation.


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