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Arrests Made After 26 Nigerian Women And Girls Found Dead At Sea

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Christina Coleman
Nov, 10, 2017 2:02 PM UTC

Following the mysterious deaths of 26 Nigerian women and girls, who were found at sea near Italy, authorities have confirmed that two arrests have been made.

The men — Al Mabrouc Wisam Harar of Libya and Mohamed Ali Al Bouzid of Egypt — were arrested and charged in Italy. According to The Guardian, the two are accused of organizing and trafficking at least 150 people on two boats.

Police suspect the women found were sexually assaulted and murdered. Prosecutors have not made a direct link between the men and the deceased women, the Guardian writes.

Another 53 people are believed to be missing from the sunken boats. An investigation continues.

 

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