Bodies of migrants taken to Malta as EU to hold emergency meeting

April 20, 2015 9:26 AM

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Bodies of migrants taken to Malta as EU to hold emergency meeting

The bodies of 24 people who died when the boat they were in capsized were taken to the island of Malta to be buried Monday, as European officials prepared to hold an emergency meeting following what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest migrant disaster.

The exact number of deaths in the shipwreck, which happened around midnight local time Saturday, is not known — the fishing vessel was initially reported to have been carrying 500 to 700 people when it capsized.

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