15 migrants including Bangladeshis killed in Turkey bus crash

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 23:04, Jul 18, 2019 | Updated : 17:36, Jul 19, 2019

Turkish soldiers and medics carry wounded illegal migrants after a minibus crash in Van, Turkey, July 18, 2019. REUTERSFifteen illegal migrants, some feared to be from Bangladesh were killed and more than 20 injured in a minibus crash in southeast Turkey on Thursday, a local governor said.

According to French news agency, AFP, migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan are reportedly amongst the 15 dead.

The minibus carrying the migrants went off the road and rolled into a ditch in the province of Van. Footage from the scene showed the minibus in the ditch, with the casualties laid out on the side of a road.
Broadcaster NTV said some of the passengers had fallen off the bus as it rolled into the ditch.
The destination of the bus and the nationalities of the migrants were not immediately clear. NTV quoted Van Governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez as saying the migrants were thought to be Afghan, Pakistani and Bangladeshi.
More than a million migrants and refugees, many fleeing conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, have passed through Turkey in recent years on their way to the European Union.
Numbers declined sharply in 2016 when Turkey, in exchange for 3 billion euros in EU aid and a promise to ease visa restrictions for Turks, began to exert more control on migrants trying to cross to Europe.

(Most of the input from the story has been taken from Reuters. It has been recast to highlight that Bangladeshis might be amongst the deceased.)