Libya coastguard clashes with suspected smugglers, four killed: spokesman

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 06, 2017 6:58 AM

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Four suspected migrant smugglers were killed in an exchange of fire with coastguards off Libya's western coast on Thursday, coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qasem said.

Qasem said a German journalist traveling in the coastguard boat was also injured in the clash, which he said had started when the coastguards tried to apprehend heavily armed gunmen guarding a migrant boat.

Two of the suspected smugglers were arrested and one was missing, Qasem said.

(Reporting by Ahmed Elumami; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Hugh Lawson)