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Nine dead after refugee boat sinks off Turkey - Anadolu agency

The migrants are believed to have been trying to head illegally to Europe, but their planned route was not immediately clear.

FILE: An inflatable boat capsizes in the Mediterranean Sea, killing 9 migrants. Picture: CNN

ISTANBUL - Nine people died and one person was missing on Sunday after a speedboat carrying 15 refugees sank off the coast of Turkey’s southern province of Antalya, the state-run Anadolu agency said.

The boat hit trouble off the Demre district of Turkey's Mediterranean Antalya province, a popular holiday spot.

The migrants are believed to have been trying to head illegally to Europe, but their planned route was not immediately clear.

The nationalities of those on board have yet to be made.

Five people were rescued by the Turkish coastguard and fishermen, it said.

Over a million people, many fleeing the war in Syria, crossed to European Union member Greece from Turkey in 2015 after the onset of the bloc's worst migration crisis since world war ii.

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