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Migrant boat disaster Italian authorities detain 3

After the death of at least 64 migrants in a shipwreck off the southern coast of Italy on Sunday, police there have detained three persons on suspicion of smuggling immigrants.

A Turkish man and two Pakistani nationals were the three people held.

The majority of individuals on the wooden ship, which could hold 200 passengers, were reportedly from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

The final death toll may exceed 100, according to officials.

On Tuesday morning, rescuers plucked a man’s body from the water.

The three guys who were detained are alleged to have navigated the boat in adverse weather from Izmir, Turkey, to Calabria, Italy.

According to the police, they are accused of asking the migrants for roughly €8,000 (£7,000; $8,500) each to make the protracted voyage.

According to reports, the ship capsized after colliding with rocks while attempting to land close to Crotone in bad weather.

The coastguard said that 80 passengers had been discovered alive, “including some who managed to reach the land after the sinking,” indicating that many more were still missing.

The coffins of the victims who have been discovered so far have been arranged in a sports hall in Crotone so that people can pay their respects. The younger victims’ coffins are small white ones, while the adults’ coffins are larger brown ones. The victims include at least 12 kids, including an infant.

The victims’ relatives from northern Europe have arrived to try to find out what happened to them and, if required, identify bodies.

Rescuers said that a large portion of the migrants on board were from Afghanistan, while Pakistan reported that 16 of its residents had escaped the catastrophe, although four were still missing.

Around 20,000 people have perished or gone missing at sea in the central Mediterranean since 2014, claim monitoring organizations.

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