At least 40 migrants die in Mediterranean: Italy navy

August 15, 2015 10:42 AM

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ROME At least 40 migrants have died after apparently getting trapped in the hold of a boat in the Mediterranean, the Italian navy said on Saturday.

The victims had suffocated, Italian news agency ANSA reported. Navy spokesman Costantino Fantasia said the boat was carrying about 300 migrants when it ran into difficulty off the coast of Libya.

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