Bodies of 26 teenage African girls found floating in Mediterranean Sea
NEW YORK POST – YARON STEINBUCH
Italian authorities are probing the deaths of 26 teenage African girls whose bodies were recovered in the Mediterranean Sea along the perilous route to Europe from Libya, according to a report.
The girls, ages 14 to 18, are believed to have been migrants from Niger and Nigeria who had embarked on the dangerous voyage over the weekend, according to CNN.
Their bodies were found floating near a partially sunken rubber dinghy, which other girls were clinging to, when rescuers arrived, said Lorena Ciccotti, police chief in the southern Italian port city of Salerno.
Autopsies were expected to be performed Tuesday as authorities seek to determine whether the girls had been tortured or sexually abused.