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Latest update : 2009-04-04

Police found at least 24 dead bodies in a shipping container in the southern city of Quetta, along the borders of Afghanistan and Iran. A total of 110 people were trapped inside.

AFP - The dead bodies of at least 24 people were discovered Saturday inside a shipping container of unknown origin in southwestern Pakistan, police said.
  
The container was found about 20 kilometres (15 miles) south of Quetta, capital of oil and gas rich Baluchistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, police said, adding it was unclear where it came from or where it was going to.
  
"We have pulled out roughly two dozen bodies and a number of unconscious people from the container which was found parked in Hazar Ganji area," police official Rasool Bakhsh Rind told AFP.
  
Local inhabitants and police realised there were people inside when they heard sounds coming from within the container, he said, adding that a total of 110 were trapped inside.
  
The driver of the truck that had transported the container fled the scene, he said.
  
On where the container came from, and its intended destination, the police official said: "We will only be able to say something in this regard after talking to survivors, most of whom are unconscious or not in a condition stable enough to speak to police."
  
The people were being taken to hospital in Quetta, he said.

Date created : 2009-04-04

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