The Latest: Sudanese man dies in migrant clash in Calais

AP News
Posted: Aug 24, 2016 5:27 AM

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Latest on the influx of asylum-seekers and migrants in Europe (all times local):

French authorities say a Sudanese migrant has died after a clash between groups of Sudanese and Afghans in the French port city of Calais, a flashpoint in Europe's migrant drama.

The local administration said Wednesday that the man died Tuesday from a stab wound after a clash on a field on the edge of Calais, and four others were hospitalized with light injuries.

The slain man is the 11th migrant to die in Calais this year. Many died during dangerous bids to slip illegally across the English Channel to Britain; two have now been killed in clashes.

The number of migrants in Calais has soared this month — to nearly 7,000, according to official figures — even though a notoriously filthy camp was partially closed earlier this year.


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Serbia's defense ministry says a 20-year old Afghan migrant crossing illegally from Bulgaria has been shot dead, apparently by hunters.

The ministry said Wednesday that its border patrol heard a shot Tuesday night and then discovered six migrants, of whom one had a chest wound. He later died.

The ministry says a hunter who was at the scene was detained on suspicion that he shot the migrant.

Since the so-called Balkan migrant route was closed in March after more than 1 million used it to head for the EU last year, hundreds fleeing wars and poverty are still crossing daily from Bulgaria through Serbia to try to make it into EU-member Hungary.

UNHCR has estimated that there are currently some 4,400 migrants stuck in Serbia.