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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2675

Human trafficking: 50 bodies recovered from container

Quetta, 05 April, (Asiantribune.com):About fifty people apparently suffocated to death in a closed container found abandoned in the Hazar Ganji area of Balochistan’s provincial capital Quetta on Saturday.

Fifty bodies were discovered from the locked container when police opened it another 60 were found unconscious due to lack of oxygen.

The container was reportedly being transported from Afghanistan to Iran via Pakistan and about 120 people were inside the container, who was being illegally taken across border into Iran.

It is believed that the container was being used to smuggle would-be migrants to Europe via Iran, a popular route for illegal immigration from this region.

Eyewitnesses say, most of the deceased apparently belonged to Afghanistan and tribal areas. They said the driver of the container when opened the container’s door found the people inside it dead and unconscious due to suffocation.

The driver escaped from the scene leaving the truck on the road, witnesses added.

The bodies and unconscious people have been shifted to nearby hospitals.

A state of emergency has been declared in all hospitals in the city. The prime minister’s Adviser on Interior, Rehman Malik directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit a preliminary report immediately.

Meanwhile, Balochistan’s Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

- Asian Tribune -

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