ROME (AP) – A Sudanese migrant was beaten, shot and killed in Libya after escaping from a government-run detention center in the North African country, the UN agency said on Wednesday for refugees.
The 25-year-old man who arrived in Libya two years ago was arrested and held in the Mabani detention center in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, one of more than 5,000 migrants detained in a crackdown massive at the start of the month.
The man, from Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, was beaten and shot before masked gunmen took him to hospital. He was then transferred to another hospital where he died on Tuesday evening.
UNHCR has called for an investigation into the murder and to hold those responsible to account.
Libya holds migrants in overcrowded detention centers where torture, sexual assault and other abuse are rife. Mabani guards shot dead at least six migrants and injured at least 15 as hundreds staged an escape and fled the detention center, according to the United Nations Migration Agency.
Libyan authorities have picked up many migrants while others have sought protection at a UNHCR facility.
Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The county has since become a hub for migrants fleeing poverty and civil war in Africa and the Middle East and hoping for a better life in Europe.