Armed Migrant Smugglers Threatened Italian Coast Guard

February 15, 2015 9:35 PM

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Four smugglers brandishing Kalashnikovs threatened an Italian Coast Guard motorboat involved in one of several operations that rescued more than 2,000 migrants leaving Libyan shores on Sunday.

Italian Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi said the gunmen used a small boat to speed to the scene some 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the coast of Libya, where security is rapidly deteriorating.

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