Syrians, Iraqis, Afghans among 71 migrants found dead in truck in Austria

September 4, 2015 14:33

EISENSTADT, Austria - Among the 71 dead migrants found last week in an abandoned truck on an Austrian motorway were Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan nationals but not a single one of them has been identified, Austrian police said on Friday.

Hans Peter Doskozil, police chief for the province of Burgenland, told a news conference that the migrants had likely died from suffocation on Hungarian territory shortly after entering the truck, whose refrigeration system was not working.

"We found a total of 17 travel documents. Based on these we have been able to determine that this was a mixed group of people. Syrian nationals, Iraqis and also Afghans are likely to have been on board," Doskozil said.

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