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Austria migrant lorry: Three arrested after 71 bodies found

Published 28/08/2015

The bodies were found in a truck on the main route connecting Vienna with Budapest (AP)
The bodies were found in a truck on the main route connecting Vienna with Budapest (AP)

Three people have been arrested over the deaths of 71 migrants found in a refrigerated lorry abandoned in Austria.

The migrants are likely to have suffocated, according to Hans Peter Doskozil, chief of police in eastern Burgenland province. The 71 included eight women and four children.

A Syrian travel document was found among the bodies indicating that at least some of the dead were refugees fleeing violence in Syria.

It is the latest tragedy in a year that has seen tens of thousands seeking refuge in wealthy European countries.

The refrigerated lorry was found parked in the safety lane of the highway from Budapest, Hungary, to Vienna on Thursday. The bodies were partially decomposed. Post-mortems are being carried out.

At least two of those arrested are Bulgarian citizens and the third has Hungarian identity papers, according to police.

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