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July 24, 2024 6:53 pm

Several killed in fire at Mexico-US border migrant center: Report

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, March 28

Several people at an immigration detention center in a Mexican city on the US border died in a fire that broke out at the facility overnight, local media reported on Tuesday.

An AFP journalist saw firemen and rescuers placing several bodies covered with blankets in the parking lot of the National Migration Institute (INM) facility in Ciudad Juarez.

INM press personnel reached by AFP confirmed the fire, but declined to specify the number of victims.

Local media, citing unnamed sources, estimated that there were dozens of deaths.

A rescuer who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the press explained that there were about 70 migrants, mostly Venezuelans, at the site.

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