Thirteen illegal immigrants suffocated in an overcrowded truck container and their bodies were dumped Wednesday in a field in Istanbul's outskirts, officials and media reports said. Most of the dead were believed to be Pakistanis. (UPDATED)
The thirteen were among 80 people from
"When the sweltering truck became unbearable, they began punching the driver's cabin and he stopped... It was determined that 13 people were dead, four were unconscious and 63 others alive," Guler said.
"This is a tragic example of people smuggling," he said. The trafficking ring had sneaked the group to Van from neighboring
Police were looking for the driver, who fled after dropping off the bodies as well as the surviving immigrants in a field in the Kucukcekmece district, on
Thousands of immigrants from Asia and Africa enter