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British police identify migrants in container as Afghan Sikhs

Published on Aug 17, 2014 11:12 PM
 

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, police said Sunday.

One man was found dead in the container, and 34 men, women and children - all suffering from severe dehydration and hypothermia - were found still alive Saturday after staff at Tilbury Docks, east of London, heard banging and screaming coming from inside.

All the survivors were taken to nearby hospitals, where four remain, and the local Sikh community has been helping with their religious and clothing needs.

Using interpreters, police intend to interview the survivors to pin down how they came to be found in such circumstances.

Police stand guard at an entrance to Tilbury Docks, east of London, on August 16, 2014, where one man was found dead and 34 men, women and children were found to be suffering from severe dehydration and hypothermia. Officers on Sunday said those in the container had been identified as Sikhs from Afghanistan. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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