PALERMO − 15 migrants have been arrested in Palermo by the Italian Police for allegedly throwing 12 migrants into the sea during a brawl on a boat heading to Italy.
The suspects are Muslims from Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal and were held after witnesses (Nigerean and Ghanian) recognised them as the killers of 12 Christian passengers. The accuse is of “multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate”.
The survivors told the police that they sailed from Libya on 14th April on a boat carrying 105 passengers, mostly Senegalese and Ivorian. When, during the crossing, a row broke out over religion, some of the muslim migrants threatened to thrown overboard the Christians. The threats then materialised and 12 people, all Nigerian and Ghanaian, are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean.
Italian Police said that the other Christians on board were able to survive fighting the aggressors and forming a “human chain” to defend themselves.