Migrant youth trying to reach Britain killed by Channel Tunnel train in France: Officials

 Migrants walking along the railway tracks of the Eurotunnel terminal at the Calais-Frethun station outside the northern French port of Calais on Aug 10, 2015. In July, Eurotunnel said 2,000 attempts a night were being made to get into the tunnel, bu
Migrants walking along the railway tracks of the Eurotunnel terminal at the Calais-Frethun station outside the northern French port of Calais on Aug 10, 2015. In July, Eurotunnel said 2,000 attempts a night were being made to get into the tunnel, but new fences erected around the tracks, as well as a beefed-up police presence, have greatly reduced the number of intrusions.PHOTO: AFP

LILLE, France (AFP) - A young African was killed by a freight train near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France overnight on Wednesday (Sept 24), in the latest death of a migrant trying to reach Britain, a local official said.

"A migrant was hit by a freight shuttle at around 2am on the tunnel site," the official said on Thursday, adding the victim was probably from Eritrea or Sudan.

At least 10 migrants have died in or near the tunnel since late June.

Around 3,000 migrants, mostly from Africa, Afghanistan and Syria, are camped in the French town of Calais near the Channel Tunnel entrance.

They have made repeated attempts to reach England, often by trying to enter the tunnel or climb onto lorries.

In July, Eurotunnel said 2,000 attempts a night were being made to get into the tunnel, but new fences erected around the tracks, as well as a beefed-up police presence, have greatly reduced the number of intrusions.