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Migrants feared dead after boat capsizes off Libya

An estimated 90 migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya after a smuggler’s boat capsized early on Friday, leaving three known survivors and 10 bodies washed up on shore, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.
Survivors told aid workers that most of the migrants on the boat were Pakistanis, who form a growing group heading to Italy from North Africa, IOM spokesperson Olivia Headon, speaking from Tunis, said at a news briefing in Geneva.
“They have given an estimate of 90 who drowned during the capsize, but we still have to verify the exact number of people who lost their lives during the tragedy,” she said.
Earlier, security officials in the western Libyan town of Zurawa said two Libyans and one Pakistani had been rescued from the boat. It said 10 bodies had been recovered, mostly Pakistani, but gave no further information.