62 immigrants suffocate in shipping container

At least 62 illegal migrants suffocated to death inside a shipping container found with more than 100 people in south-west Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan, police said tonight.

Police in the city of Quetta said the container had entered Pakistan from Afghanistan and was headed for Iran. He said most of the victims were Afghans.

More than 100 people were inside the metal container when police opened it on a tip-off.

Survivors were taken to hospital, many of them unconscious. A total of 62 were pronounced dead.

The stench from the container suggested some might have been dead for days, police said.

An investigation has been ordered.

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