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Armed men attack migrant boat off Libya, four dead, 15 missing: NGO

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Migrants wait to be rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya on October 4, 2016
Migrants wait to be rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya on October 4, 2016

ROME (AFP) - 21 Oct. 2016- Armed men have attacked a boat carrying migrants off Libya, leaving at least four dead and 15 missing, German NGO Sea-Watch said Friday.

The assailants arrived aboard a vessel with Libyan coastguard insignia, and beat the migrants with clubs, sending many of them into the water, a Sea-Watch spokesman said. The organisation launched a rescue operation following the incident, which occurred overnight Thursday, he said.

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