Italy arrested a Libyan suspected of involvement in the killing of a migrant, shot when he refused to take off his baseball cap, police said.
Police in Sicily said a group of migrants were on a motorised rubber dinghy and heading from Libya to Italy when a group of people smugglers drew alongside and ordered them to remove their hats.
Seconds later, Kellie Osman (21) from Sierra Leone, was shot by one of the smugglers.
Police said in a statement the gunman had not been identified, however, they said aerial video showed Libyan suspect Abouzid Nouredine Alhadi boarding the dinghy from the smugglers’ boat and trying to blend in as a migrant.
A second Libyan boarded another boat packed with migrants and he has also been detained and faces people smuggling charges, police said.
More than 43,000 people have reached Italy from Libya so far this year, the UN refugee agency says, many of them facing violence and intimidation during the dangerous journey.
Libyan gangs have taken advantage of a breakdown in law and order in the north African country to make a lucrative business from packing sub-Saharan Africans into rickety boats bound for southern Europe.