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RAB detains 3 in relation to Mediterranean migrant boat capsize

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Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested three people for their alleged involvement in a recent boat capsize incident off the Tunisian coast.

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested three people for their alleged involvement in a recent boat capsize incident off the Tunisian coast.

The arrestees are Akkas Matubbar, 39, Enamul Haque Talukdar, 46, and Abdur Razzak Bhuiyan, 34.

A boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea while its passengers attempted to reach Europe, from Libya, on May 9.

RAB, in a text message, said the detainees were part of a human trafficking gang involved with the boat capsize incident. The three were detained in different areas of Dhaka.

RAB said five-to-six syndicates were involved with sending the boat’s Bangladeshi passengers.

A media briefing will be held at 11am on Friday at the RAB Media Center in Karwan Bazar – where details regarding the matter will be released to the press.

On May 9, two boats—one carrying 50, and another 75, people—set out simultaneously from Zouara, Libya. One possibly reached Italy, while the other capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, near Zarzis, Tunisia.

Of the 75 migrants on board, 54 were Bangladeshis and 40 of they are feared dead.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said of the 54 Bangladeshi migrants onboard, 14 were rescued.

The Foreign Ministry, on Wednesday, released a list of 39 Bangladeshis who went missing in the incident.