Death toll in migrant boat sinking off Mauritania rises to 63

A security official on Friday said five more bodies have been recovered after a boat carrying migrants sank off the coast of Mauritania, raising the death toll to 63.

The boat bound for Spain capsized on Wednesday with up to 180 people aboard.

An unnamed official told Mauritania’s state news agency AMI that at least 20 people are thought to be unaccounted for and that the search was still ongoing for missing people off the Mauritanian city of Nouadhibou.

Initially, authorities in the West African country said at least 58 people had died in the incident and 85 survived.

The boat had set off on the journey to Spain from Gambia.

The office of Gambian President Adama Barrow said on Thursday that 52 Gambians died in the incident, while 80 survived.

It added that the Gambian government…

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