CAIRO: Nine out of 13 Egyptians killed in clashes with members of smuggling gangs in Libya last week have been identified, according to a Monday statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.
“The ministry, in coordination with local authorities in Libya, spares no efforts to identify the remaining four bodies and to have the bodies sent back to Egypt as soon as possible,” said Ahmed Abu Zeid, Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry.
He noted that the process might take several days and called on relatives of the victims to contact the ministry’s consular affairs department for further details.
At least 13 Egyptians and three Libyans were killed in an apparent financial dispute with smuggling gangs in Libya’s town of Bani Walid, according to media reports Wednesday. It is unclear what was being smuggled.
On Sunday, Attorney General Nabil Sadek ordered “extended investigations” into the incident.
Egyptian authorities have warned several times against traveling to Libya where a state of chaos prevails since the former Libyan president Muammar al-Gaddafi was ousted in 2011. Islamists are controlling the northern parts of the country while the internationally recognized government is located in Tobruk city on Libya’s eastern Mediterranean coast.