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UK police identify cargo stowaways as Afghan Sikhs
English police probing immigrant's death say 35 hidden in cargo container were Afghan Sikhs
Associated Press
2014-08-17 11:22 PM

LONDON (AP) -- Police investigating the death of an illegal immigrant inside a ship's cargo container say the victim and 34 survivors are Afghans from the country's tiny Sikh community.

Essex Police Superintendent Trevor Roe says it took a day to determine the stowaways' nationality because they lacked documents and finding the right translators proved difficult. Police initially thought they were Indian.

Four remained hospitalized Sunday, a day after dock workers at Tilbury, east of London, found the 34 survivors screaming and pounding the walls inside the cargo container. Paramedics declared one man dead at the scene and treated others for hypothermia and dehydration.

Police in Belgium say they are tracing the movements of the truck that delivered the container, with the Afghans already presumed to be inside, to a Belgian port Friday.

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