Migrants stopped after desert tragedy

AFP-JIJI

Niger has rounded up close to 150 migrants crossing the Sahara to Algeria in a crackdown on illegal migration after 92 people died of thirst trying to make the journey.

The grisly discovery Wednesday of the bodies of mostly women and children, stranded in the desert after their trucks broke down, has prompted Niamey to clamp down on trafficking networks.

A security source said Saturday that around 100 migrants, mostly men and some children, had been stopped in the desert and placed in police cells in the northern town of Arlit, a transit point for people seeking passage to Algeria.