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At least 42 people were arrested in the span of two weeks over their alleged involvement with the human trafficking to Libya where 26 Bangladeshi migrants were killed on May 28, the officials said on Saturday.

The Criminal Investigation Department, Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police and the Rapid Action Battalion and other agencies made the arrests in 25 cases filed with different police stations in Dhaka, Madaripur, Jashore, Faridpur, Kishoreganj, among others.

Of the 25 cases, the CID officials said they were investigating into 15 cases and arrested 22 suspects till June 11.

‘We are continuing our investigation to identify the links of the people,’ said the CID’s deputy inspector general Imtiaz Ahmed.

Another CID official said those who were nabbed in Bangladesh were basically middlemen as ‘actual’ perpetrators were either in Libya, Egypt, UAE or elsewhere.

The CID also identified at least 75 individuals, including many Bangladeshi expatriates in Libya, Egypt and the UAE over the trafficking allegation.

The DB said they identified over a dozen of expatriate Bangladeshis in Libyan cities active behind the trafficking of fellow countrymen to Benghazi using the airports of Alexandria in Egypt and Tunisia in support from Khalifa Haftar-backed militia in the civil-war torn African country of Libya.

Khalifa Haftar headed the self-styled Libyan National Army which apparently controlled major cities including Benghazi while the internationally-recognised government of National Accord based in Tripoli followed international law.

Twenty-six Bangladeshis were shot dead and 12 others injured on May 28 in a gun attack by Libyan human traffickers in Mizda, a desert town some 180 km from Tripoli.

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