At least 20 illegal immigrants were wounded on Wednesday in Bani Walid town, 170 southwest of Tripoli, after escaping from a hiding location.
Local sources said the immigrants of African nationality tried to escape from a hiding place in a site called “factory 51” when the local trafficker holding them named “Musa Diyab” opened fire at them.
The immigrants were taken to Bani Walid hospital. A doctor said the injuries vary from medium to severe.
There were no reports of deaths.
Bani Walid is a hotspot for collecting immigrants and taking them to the coastal towns before sailing to the Italian shores.