Salerno, Italy

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Teenage girls found dead: Po­lice in the Ital­ian port city of Salerno launched a mur­der in­quiry this week af­ter the bod­ies of 26 teenage girls – aged be­tween 14 and 18 – were brought ashore by a Span­ish res­cue ves­sel on Sun­day. Twenty-three of them had been found float­ing in wa­ters close to a rub­ber dinghy from which 64 other peo­ple were res­cued last Fri­day. Ital­ian of­fi­cials sus­pect that the teenagers, who were from Nige­ria, were de­lib­er­ately killed and will be in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether they were sex­u­ally as­saulted or tor­tured be­fore their death. Two men have since been ar­rested. The res­cue ves­sel that brought the dead girls to Salerno was also car­ry­ing around 300 mi­grants res­cued from other boats. Most of them were from Nige­ria, Sene­gal, Ghana and Su­dan. A to­tal of 2,560 peo­ple were res­cued from the Mediter­ranean over the course of just four days late last week.

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