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Afghan migrant found dead in back of truck in north France

media Migrants in Calais in October 2015 Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

An Afghan refugee was found killed in the back of a truck in the northern French town of Dunkirk, where about 2,600 migrants live in a shanty town, on Monday. The driver contacted police after discovering the body and the man's companions.

The man, who was about 30 years old, was hit by an unidentified object when he stuck his head above the tarpaulin covering the back of the lorry to see if it was going in the right direction, two of his companions who were riding with him told police.

The driver discovered them when he stopped at a motorway service stop and heard sounds coming from the back of his vehicle.

Nineteen migrants who hoped to cross the Channel to Britain have died in northern France since June.

About 2,600 live in the shanty town at Grande-Smythe, on the outskirts of Dunkirk, and 4,000-6,000 live in the "Jungle" in Calais.

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