Dhaka, Feb. 20 -- Eight of the nine people who died in a migrant boat disaster in the Mediterranean off Tunisian coasts last week are Bangladesh nationals.

AFM Zahid Ul Islam, the director general of the African wing at the foreign ministry, confirmed the identities of the victims when reporters asked him about the matter on Tuesday.

He said the foreign ministry was working with the expatriates' welfare ministry to bring back the bodies of the Bangladeshi victims.

According to the latest update, as many as 27 Bangladeshis were rescued after the incident, said Zahid.

One of them was taken to a hospital from Zarzis in Tunisia in a critical condition, he said.

The Bangladesh Embassy in Libya identified the person in a critical condition...