Credits: Al Arabiya

A group of smugglers have returned some 20 people to Libyan beaches after their boat sank off the coast of Libya last week and detained them in an unknown location, an official at an embassy in Tripoli said on Wednesday.

Among the survivors, eight migrants were Pakistanis, one of whom contacted the officials and told them that the smugglers were holding him in a closed room with other survivors.

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