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4 Afghans still missing after Turkish boat disaster

4 Afghans still missing after Turkish boat disaster

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Aug 25, 2020 - 18:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Imran Khan, a resident of capital Kabul, has asked the government to help find his two family members missing after a boat capsized in a lake in eastern Turkey.

A boat carrying illegal Afghan, Pakistani and Bangladeshi immigrants drowned in Lake Van near Turkey’s border with Iran on June 27.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 61 bodies had been recovered from the water, including 34 Afghans. Twenty-nine bodies were bought back to the country and five others were buried in Turkey.

Imran said his son and three cousins were aboard the boat to reach Europe.  “After the boat drowning incident, I tried to contact them in Turkey but I was not able to do so, but latter a travel agent told me that they had died.”

“We are in grief, at least if their bodies are recovered, it will give us some sort of satisfaction,” he said. He asked the government to help them find the bodies of his son and cousins.

Geran Hewad, spokesperson for the MoFA, said it was not proved as yet if the four people mentioned by Imran Khan had died in the boat drowning or alive.

He said the MoFA was striving to find other Afghans died in the incident and bring back their bodies.

Nh/ma

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