Friday, March 6, 2015

Police In Italy Arrest Man in Med. Sea Tragedy; Suspect Hired in Libya to Sail Migrants to Italy

Italian police have arrested one of two men suspected of involvement in the latest migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea which killed 10 people, the Euro News website reports today (March 6, 2015).

The suspect -- a 20-year-old Senegalese national -- admitted to being hired in Libya to sail a dinghy carrying hundreds of migrants, according to a police report.

He has been taken to prison where he is being held for illegal immigration. At least 10 people died when their rubber boat overturned in the Mediterranean on March 4, and 40 more remain unaccounted for.

Italy has found itself on the front line of a dangerous maritime route -- where migrants often fleeing political and religious conflicts in northern Africa are paying up to 2,000 euros to people smugglers in the hope of making it to Europe.

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