Protesters torch police station in Tunisia over shipwreck

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Protesters on Thursday torched a police station in southern Tunisia in response to the sinking of a Europe-bound migrant ship off the coast of the North African country.

About 112 people are presumed dead after the accident over the weekend, making it the worst capsizing in Mediterranean waters this year,

The boat was carrying at least 180 people when it sank on Sunday. Authorities rescued 68 people.

Reports say protesters in the town of Beni Khedache in Tunisia’s southern province of Medeine took to the streets late Wednesday after four locals were found to be among those who died in the capsizing.

Some protesters also set the town hall ablaze. No casualties or arrests were reported.

Earlier Thursday, the Interior Ministry said that 73 bodies had been recovered in the tragedy that took place off the Kerkennah Islands of the coastal city of Sfax in central Tunisia, adding that rescue efforts were ongoing.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed sacked Interior Minister Lotfi Braham over the incident.

The Tunisian coast has turned into a launch pad for thousands of migrants seeking to reach Italy after controls were tightened in neighbouring Libya.

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