Thursday, August 27, 2015

71 dead migrants found in abandoned truck near Austrian capital

Vienna (AFP) - Austrian police found the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants in an abandoned truck on Thursday, sparking a cross-border hunt for the people-smugglers responsible for the latest tragedy in Europe's migrant crisis.

The grisly discovery near the Slovakia and Hungary borders came as at least 30 more migrants drowned in the Mediterranean and European leaders again met to try to find ways to handle the tide of people seeking refuge in the European Union.

Austrian police said the vehicle found Thursday on a motorway -- which had the markings of a Slovakian poultry company and Hungarian number plates -- contained 71 bodies.