Two arrested after 64 Ethiopians found dead in a container in Mozambique
RUSTENBURG - Mozambican police have arrested two people after more than 60 people were found dead in a container in Mozambique, local media reported on Tuesday.
According to a report in O' Pais newspaper, 64 bodies of Ethiopian nationality and 14 survivors were found early on Tuesday in the city of Tete.
They died due to asphyxiation as they were transported from Malawi to the Moatize district of Tete province, the report said.
State-owned newspaper Noticias de Mozambique reported that the truck with Mozambican licence plates was intercepted by the police at 2am on Tuesday.
The driver told the police he was transporting goods. The police asked him to open the container and found 64 bodies inside. There were also 14 others in the truck.
He reportedly told the police he was asked to transport 25 people to Moatize in exchange for 30,000 meticais (about R7,950) by a guide for illegal immigrants in Malawi.
The truck driver and his assistant have been arrested.
O' Pais newspaper also reported that the immigration service were "called in to a container truck in Moatize, supposedly from Ethiopia, 64 citizens were found dead". It said the deaths were presumed to be from asphyxiation.
"But we are still working on it," Carla Mosse, provincial director of health in Tete was quoted saying in the newspaper.
The 14 survivors would be screened for Covid-19, she said.African News Agency