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Kashmiri doctor serving in Libya killed by unidentified gunmen

A Kashmiri medico working in Libya was killed by unidentified gunmen on Sunday.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2014 21:30 IST
Toufiq Rashid
Toufiq Rashid
Hindustan Times

A Kashmiri medico working in Libya was killed by unidentified gunmen on Sunday.

The doctor identified as Dr Irfan Ali, 23, a resident of Shalimar in the outskirts of Kashmir, was working in the country since August 2013. He was part of a group of eight medicos appointed by a hospital in the Derna area of the country. Ali was a physiotherapist.

According to the family, Ali was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen on Sunday and his body was recovered a day later.

"We knew he was kidnapped and today we got to know that he has been killed," a relative told the Hindustan Times.

Ali's family said he was part of the 84 doctors who were selected from India. "Unconfirmed news says another Indian boy was also abducted. Our problem is that we have very little communication with people in the country and are relying on the embassy there and the external affairs ministry in Delhi," said the family.

Libya has suffered widespread bloodbath after the 2011 revolution which ended the long rule of dictator Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi.

According to reports 1,200 people have been killed across the country in the last two years. More than 100 prominent figures, senior security officials, judges and political activists have been assassinated in two years, and the wave of killings is decimating local leadership and paralysing the government and the security forces.

A local newspaper Greater Kashmir quoted spokesperson of ministry of external affairs saying that Indian mission in Libya was in constant touch with local authorities.

"Mission is in constant touch with the local authorities for investigating the matter as well as for arranging dispatch of mortal remains at the earliest possible," JP Singh, officer on special duty was quoted by the newspaper.

According to the family Ali's post-mortem was performed on Tuesday and other formalities are being completed.

Ali is survived by his two younger brothers and his parents.

First Published: Mar 14, 2014 21:27 IST