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Migrant boat sinks off Sicily

A boat believed to be carrying around 200 people sank south of the island of Lampedusa.

FILE: Rescuers and covered corpses of immigrants near Lampedusa early on October 3. At least 92 asylum-seekers drowned and 150 were rescued after a boat carrying some 500 people caught fire and capsized near an Italian island. Picture: AFP.

ROME - A migrant boat believed to be carrying around 200 people has sunk south of the island of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, Italian authorities said on Monday, a day after at least 40 people died when a boat sank off the Libyan coast.

An Italian navy spokesman said vessels from the Mare Nostrum task force, set up after hundreds of people drowned in migrant boat disasters last year, were on their way to the scene.

No further details were immediately available.