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UPDATE: 13 children among Afghan Sikhs found in UK shipping container

Published on Aug 18, 2014 6:46 AM
 

LONDON (AFP) - The frail survivors found inside a shipping container at a British port at the weekend following a "horrific ordeal" are Sikhs from Afghanistan and include 13 children, police said on Sunday.

Staff at Tilbury Docks east of London on Saturday discovered one dead man and 34 others alive after hearing banging and screaming coming from the container.

The survivors were nine men and eight women aged between 18 and 72, and 13 children aged between one and 12.

The man who died is thought to have been in his 40s, and a homicide investigation has been opened into his death.

A man walks past Tilbury Docks, east of London on Aug 16, 2014, where one man was found dead and 19 people, including seven children, were taken to hospital on Saturday after they were discovered inside a shipping container at the British port. The frail survivors found inside a shipping container at a British port at the weekend following a "horrific ordeal" are Sikhs from Afghanistan and include 13 children, police said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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