Smuggling kingpin apparently killed with bodyguards in Libya – but who was he and who did it?

The claims, as often in Libya, were dramatic: Salah al-Maskhout, the country’s biggest people smuggler, had been shot dead along with eight of his bodyguards in the capital, Tripoli.

Prime suspects were a special forces unit of the Italian army, accused by officials of the Tripoli-based government – one of two rival authorities in war-torn Libya – of responsibility, on the basis of the ammunition employed.

The shoot-out had happened near the Tripoli Medical Centre, the city’s main hospital, on Friday morning as Mr Maskhout, alleged mastermind of the biggest operation smuggling migrants across the Mediterranean sea, was leaving a relative’s house.

  • simus1

    Whacking a Mr Big plus his eight bodyguards with no mention of a car bomb or another heavy duty type implement does seem a bit implausible. Stressing that ammunition supposedly exclusive to western killer squads did the horrible infidel atrocity also seems somewhat lame and designed for domestic consumption.

    • Minicapt

      The Swiss Guards are good …

      Cheers

  • WalterBannon

    IF the Italians did it then I say, good show.

    • El Martyachi

      Nice work if ya can get it.

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    • Rage

      Probably a work of Italian unrecognized and ghosted Elìte Tier-1 SF Task Force 45.

  • Xavier

    Juice did it.

  • mauser 98

    where do destitute migrants from hellholes get money to make this guy a kingpin?

    • simus1

      Best guess:
      At the start It is a sort of “Fly now – Pay later” deal except using boats.
      Once established in Europe’s welfare process with cash coming in, there is an opportunity for the “club member” to make ongoing “health insurance payments”.

      • mauser 98

        coyotes want cash now … not a credit union
        notice very expensive Zodiac and similar boats being used to bring in illegals.. not creaky fishing boats
        16 – 20 man military grade inflatables and motors are big dollars
        Euro’s let them go back for more? not sink them?

        whole lotta BS going on here

    • WalterBannon

      sell the sex slaves they “acquired” while on jihad

  • tom_billesley

    Islamic State want a monopoly.

  • G

    I’m glad they got the bodyguards as well. It sends a good message. “Protect these scum and you’ll get it too.