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At least 12 killed as bus carrying migrants crashes in Turkey

In this file photo migrants walk along the hard shoulder of a highway as they make their way from the Iranian border the city of Tatvan, around 200km away, in the eastern Lake Van region of Turkey on August 24, 2020. AFP

At least 12 people died and 26 were injured when a bus carrying migrants crashed in eastern Turkey on Saturday night, local media reported, quoting authorities in the province of Van, Agence France-Presse reported.

Among the dead were 11 migrants and a person who helped organize their illegal transport, the authorities were quoted as saying on Sunday.

The injured were taken to a hospital and the owner of the bus was detained, they added.

Situated near Turkey’s eastern border with Iran, the province of Van is used as a crossing point for migrants on their long journey to reach Europe, with many coming from Afghanistan.

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