Migrant dies in attempt to escape detention center in Malta

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A Sudanese migrant died during his attempt to escape one of Malta’s detention centres, the Maltese police said on Wednesday.

The police said in a statement that the migrant died after he fell off a fence and hit his head while trying to escape the Hal Far detention center.

The incident happened at 5 a.m. local time (0300 GMT). He was given first aid by nurses on duty at the center and later rushed to hospital where he died of injuries.

A police investigation is underway while a magistrate has launched an inquiry into the incident.

Migrants are taken to detention centers upon their arrival on the island, where they remain until their asylum applications are processed.

Source: NewsGhana

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