LONDON (AP) All 39 people found dead in a refrigerated container truck near an English port were Chinese citizens, British police confirmed today as they investigated one of the countrys deadliest cases of people smuggling.
The Essex Police force said 31 men and eight women were found dead in the truck early Wednesday at an industrial park in Grays, a town 25 miles east of London.
The 25-year-old truck driver, who is from Northern Ireland, was being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder but has not been charged. Police in Northern Ireland also searched three properties as they sought to piece together how the trucks cab, its container and the victims came together on such a deadly journey.
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