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Guatemala police find 126 migrants in shipping container

Guatemala police find 126 migrants in shipping container

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GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemalan police said on Saturday they had rescued 126 mostly Haitian migrants abandoned inside a shipping container as they hoped to travel to Mexico and on to the United States, reports AFP.

The migrants were found at dawn after a report of an abandoned trailer on a road between the towns of Nueva Concepcion and Cocales in southern Guatemala, police spokesman Jorge Aguilar told reporters.

"We heard cries and knocks coming from inside the container. We opened the doors and found inside 126 undocumented people: 106 from Haiti, 11 from Nepal and nine from Ghana," he said.

The group was taken to a shelter run by the Guatemalan Migration Institution.