Train kills migrants in Macedonia

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Published: Friday 24th April 2015 by The News Editor

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At least 14 migrants have been killed by an express train as they walked along tracks in Macedonia.

The group, believed to be from Afghanistan and Somalia, were walking at night along the line in a narrow gorge near the central Macedonian town of Veles.

They were hit by a passenger train heading from the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki to the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

Migrants and refugees using the overland route from Greece to central and western Europe often use the train tracks as a path to guide them along their way and to evade police.

Tens of thousands of migrants and refugees attempt to reach the more prosperous central and western European countries by heading from Turkey to nearby Greek islands, then either try to sneak on to Italy-bound ferries or head overland through Macedonia.

Similar incidents have been reported in the past in Macedonia, though none with as high a death count.

Local media have reported five similar incidents along train tracks which left six migrants dead in November and December.

Published: Friday 24th April 2015 by The News Editor

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