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Kids, pregnant women among 27 migrants killed crossing English Channel

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CALAIS, France (AP) - Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempted crossing of the English Channel, a French government official said Thursday.Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin also announced the arrest of a fifth suspected smuggler thought to have been involved in what was the deadliest migration tragedy to date on the dangerous sea lane.In their immediate response to the sinking, French authorities initially gave slightly differing figures on the numbers of dead, from at least 27 to 31.

The figure that Darmanin used Thursday morning on RTL radio was 27.Darmanin said authorities are working to determine the nationalities of victims from the sinking on Wednesday.

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