Libya coastguard clashes with suspected smugglers

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Four suspected migrant smugglers were killed in an exchange of fire with coastguards off Libya’s western coast, coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qasem said.

He said a German journalist travelling 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.