51 Somali migrants killed in shipwreck

2011-02-16 08:27

Maputo – At least 51 illegal Somali immigrants died after a boat transporting them sank off the coast of northern Mozambique 10 days ago, police said yesterday.

“There were 51 deaths – 50 Somalis and the captain of the boat,” said police spokesman Pedro Cossa, adding that the boat sank off the Suhavo Island in Cabo Delgado.

He said the Tanzanian-owned boat was coming from Somalia – carrying 129 illegal immigrants, 89 Somalis and 40 Ethiopians – when it sank on February 5.

The survivors were sent to a refugee centre in Nampula, northern Mozambique, said Cossa.

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