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126 refugees killed in boat wreck off Libya, UN investigators say

June 19, 2017 8:00 PM
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126 refugees killed in boat wreck off Libya, UN investigators say

A rubber dinghy packed with refugees sank after it took on water off Libya -- and of the estimated 130 people on board, 126 died, the U.N. migration agency reported Monday.

The Sudanese and Nigerian survivors recounted how their 126 fellow migrants drowned. They said a few hours after the dinghy set off from Libyan shores Thursday night, the crew removed the engine and left in another vessel, leaving their boat to founder.

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