Migrant deaths: Tanzania hunts driver

2012-06-27 21:00
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Dar es Salaam - Police in Tanzania are hunting a truck driver who let 43 Ethiopian migrants suffocate to death inside his vehicle, before dumping the bodies and abandoning survivors.

A Tanzanian police spokesperson, Luppy Kung'alo, said on Wednesday: "A man hunt is going on for the driver of the truck that abandoned the Ethiopian immigrants by the roadside."

Eighty-two other people were inside the truck in the central Dodoma province on Tuesday, about 400km west of the economic capital Dar es Salaam, police said, as they updated an earlier death toll of 42.

Survivors told police that while they were locked inside the truck they had screamed to the driver to stop after several people passed out due to the lack of air, said local police chief Zelothe Stephen.

When the driver finally stopped, he ordered the migrants dump the corpses and clean the truck, but then roared off leaving the Ethiopians behind in a remote area.

The migrants are believed to have left their native Ethiopia several months ago and were heading south towards Malawi, officials said.

Last week, the bodies of 47 Ethiopians were recovered from Lake Malawi, which forms much of the border with Tanzania, after their overcrowded boat capsized.



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