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Sahara deaths: Niger 'arrests' 127 departing migrants

Officials in Niger have arrested 127 migrants as they attempted to cross the Sahara into Algeria, sources say.

They were reportedly caught as they were leaving the northern town of Arlit before dawn in five different vehicles.

It comes days after 92 migrants were found to have died of thirst after two trucks broke down carrying them across the Sahara to Algeria.

The BBC's Thomas Fessy said the migrants were being questioned.

  • 02 Nov 2013
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