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Armed men attack migrant boat off Libya, four dead, 15 missing: NGO

AFP , Friday 21 Oct 2016
File Photo: A spotlight from an Italian Coast boat shines on a boat loaded with migrants spotted at sea off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, Italy, early Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP)

Armed men have attacked a boat carrying migrants off Libya, leaving at least four dead and 15 missing, German NGO Sea-Watch said Friday.

The assailants arrived aboard a vessel with Libyan coastguard insignia, and beat the migrants with clubs, sending many of them into the water, a Sea-Watch spokesman said. The organisation launched a rescue operation following the incident, which occurred overnight Thursday, he said.

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