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Austrian police: 71 refugees dead in truck

7:16am EDT - 01:40

Austrian police identify 71 bodies found in abandoned truck, and confirm three people have been arrested in Hungary. Natasha Howitt reports.

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Austrian police confirm 71 refugees were found dead in an abandoned truck in the country. (SOUNDBITE) (German) BURGENLAND POLICE CHIEF, HANS PETER DOSKOZIL, SAYING: "Today we must inform you that 71 people died in this tragic accident. Among them were 59 men, 8 women and 4 children including a two-year-old girl and three boys aged between eight and nine." Police believe the victims were Syrian refugees, and that a Bulgarian-Hungarian trafficker ring are behind the deaths. Three people have been arrested. (SOUNDBITE) (German) BURGENLAND POLICE CHIEF, HANS PETER DOSKOZIL, SAYING: "I can also inform you that three people are currently in custody in Hungary and we expect that this will lead us to the perpetrators. We believe one of the perpetrators to be a Bulgarian citizen with a Lebanese background, who is the owner of the vehicle." The grisly discovery was made when a 7.5-tonne refrigerated truck was found stopped on a motorway near the town of Parndorf on Thursday. Every day, thousands of people are embarking on dangerous journeys in search of a better life. The U.N's refugee agency on Friday said the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has passed 300,000 this year.

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Austrian police: 71 refugees dead in truck

7:16am EDT - 01:40