Armed men 'attack migrant boat of the coast of Libya'

Armed men attack a migrant boat of the coast of Libya

A boat with migrants in it (stock photo: Getty)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Armed assailants have killed at least four and injured 15 in an attack on a boat carrying migrants off the coast of Libya, according to a German NGO.

Sea-Watch claims the attackers arrived via a boat allegedly carrying Libyan coastguard insignia last night. Armed with clubs, they allegedly proceeded to beat the migrants, knocking many of them overboard.

The organisation launched a rescue operation following the incident.

More information on this as it develops.