Niger detains scores of migrants en route to Algeria

November 2, 2013 1:14 pm
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A picture taken with a mobile phone and received on November 2, 2013 shows soldiers digging graves on October 30, 2013 for the bodies of some of 92 migrants who died of thirst tyring to cross the Niger desert/AFP
A picture taken with a mobile phone and received on November 2, 2013 shows soldiers digging graves on October 30, 2013 for the bodies of some of 92 migrants who died of thirst tyring to cross the Niger desert/AFP

, Niamey November 2 – Niger has detained 100 migrants on their way to Algeria, a security source said Saturday, in a crackdown on illegal migration after 92 people died of thirst trying to cross the Sahara.

The migrants, mostly men but also some children, have been placed in police cells, the source said. Niger’s government earlier announced it had “intercepted” 47 other migrants headed for Algeria on Friday.

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