Up to 57 dead after migrant boat sinks off Mauritanian coast

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A migrant ship capsized off the coast of Mauritania on Wednesday, leaving at least 57 people dead.

That's according to the UN migration agency, which said the boat was carrying around 150 migrants at the time of the incident.

"Mauritanian authorities say up to 57 people are dead after a vessel carrying migrants sank off its coast today," the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Twitter.

"Survivors told IOM staff the vessel left The Gambia last Wednesday."

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