THESSALONIKI, Greece — A migrant was killed by gunfire on the Greece-Turkey border whereas she and several other others tried to cross a river separating the 2 international locations, Greek police stated Sunday.
It wasn’t instantly clear who fired the shot that killed the girl on Saturday night time. An post-mortem confirmed that the sufferer was shot within the again with a small-caliber weapon.
Greek police have been patrolling the world the place the Evros River, which is named Meric in Turkish, narrows to about 60 to 70 meters (round 200 toes) extensive and thru which many migrants try and cross, based on a police assertion and extra data supplied to The Associated Press by a police officer on situation of anonymity. The officers noticed quite a few migrants on the Turkish aspect shortly earlier than 9 p.m.
Police stated 11 folks launched into an inflatable dinghy, and officers directed flashlights on the boat and began shouting ‘Police. Go again.’ In response, stated the police officer, a ‘barrage’ of photographs erupted from the Turkish aspect. The Greek police patrol could not detect the supply of the photographs within the darkness and fell to the bottom to guard themselves, capturing warning photographs within the air, based on the assertion which the officer corroborated.
The dinghy got here near the Greek shore and 5 folks disembarked – 4 made it to the shore whereas a fifth particular person was seen floating within the water. Police reached the physique with some issue, based on the assertion, and once they pulled it to the shore they decided that it belonged to a girl and that she was lifeless.
Police questioned the 4 survivors – three Pakistani males, certainly one of them a minor (17 years outdated), and a girl from Eritrea. It wasn’t recognized what occurred to the opposite six individuals who tried to cross, however authorities do not consider they entered Greece.
Coroner Pavlos Pavlidis, who carried out the post-mortem on the girl within the northeastern metropolis of Alexandroupolis, instructed the AP that the sufferer was between the ages of 20 and 25 and that she was almost definitely from one of many Horn of Africa international locations.
She had a wound ‘within the higher proper (again) space. She was shot from shut distance and died nearly immediately from post-hemorrhagic (blood loss) shock,” Pavlidis stated.
Demetris Nellas reported from Athens, Greece.
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