UK to ramp up Med warship patrols amid fears migrant traffickers smuggling terror weapons

Under the plan, Britain will work closely with the new Libyan government to build up a coastguard operation to tackle smuggling gangs.

The aim was to “help them build the capacity of their coastguard to help them intercept boats off the Libyan coast, both those carrying migrants and those carrying arms.”

The official added: “We will now take an active leadership role in that process.

“Four military planners have deployed to Rome this week to the HQ of operation Sophia, the Naval mission in the Med, where they will work with other EU colleagues to agree a plan going forward for the Libyan coast guard.

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