‘Sleeping’ migrants killed by train in Greece

File photo shows a woman standing alongside a central train station in Athens May 10, 2011. (Reuters)
Updated 27 November 2018

‘Sleeping’ migrants killed by train in Greece

  • Police said they were unable to immediately identify the victims
  • The bodies were spotted by the train driver near the village of Fylakio

GREECE: Three migrants were found dead Tuesday on a railway track in northern Greece, apparently killed by a train whilst asleep, local police said.
The bodies were spotted by the train driver near the village of Fylakio, which lies between the cities of Alexandroupolis and Komotini, near the Greek border with Turkey.
Police said they were unable to immediately identify the victims.
The area lies on a migration route into Greece from Turkey that has been increasingly used by smugglers.
Greek authorities have recorded over 14,000 irregular entries across the Turkish border so far this year, compared to some 5,500 in 2017.
The sharp increase in overland arrivals has been accompanied by successive deadly accidents in the north of the country, as illegal networks cram dozens of migrants into cars driven by teenagers.
Over a dozen refugees and migrants have been killed in such accidents in the last two months.


6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

Updated 10 December 2019

6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

  • The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range
  • Police published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man

PRAGUE: Six people were killed in a shooting in a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic Tuesday, the prime minister said. Police said the suspect is at large and described him as armed and dangerous.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech public television the shooting took place around 7 a.m. in a waiting room. The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range, Babis said.

He said he was heading for the site, at the University hospital in the eastern city of Ostrava, 350 kilometers (220 miles) east of Prague.

Police said the man left in a silver-grey Renault Laguna car and called on the public not to try to stop him.

Police published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man. They said that man was now considered to be a witness.

Video footage and pictures published by public radio showed police arresting a person at the site but that person did not appear to be the shooting suspect.

Officials say people have been evacuated from the clinic. Police are boosting security across the country.