A young Nigerian man was burned alive by three men who stormed a factory in Tripoli, Libya earlier this week, according to UN and government officials. The men accused of setting him on fire have been arrested. An investigation into the incident is underway.
According to witnesses, the suspects forced their way into the factory where the victim was working and set him on fire.
The United Nations has described the man’s death “another senseless crime against migrants in the country.”
A statement by Tripoli’s interior ministry on Wednesday said the suspects — all Libyan nationals — had been detained for the attack on the man, who has not been named.
The ministry cited witness testimony that described the men storming the factory and setting the Nigerian man on fire.
“We are horrified by the killing of a Nigerian migrant worker in Tripoli, #Libya by three men yesterday. The young man was burned alive, in yet again another senseless crime against migrants in the country,” tweeted Federico Soda, head of the UN’s International Organization of Migration mission in Libya. “Those responsible must be held to account.”