October 25, 2019 / 7:05 AM / a month ago

China hopes can confirm identities of 39 dead in Britain

FILE PHOTO: Police move the lorry container where bodies were discovered, in Grays, Essex, Britain October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s government hopes Britain can confirm the identities of the 39 bodies found dead in a refrigerated truck near London as soon as possible, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

At present, British police are unable to confirm the nationality of the deceased, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comments at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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