A teenage girl was found dead and two others are missing after human traffickers threw a group of illegal immigrants into the sea off a Greek island, port authorities said Friday.
Nine people, including seven men and two women, were rescued by local boats and taken to a health center on Leros for observation, authorities said.
Coast guards were conducting a search-and-rescue operation for the missing man and baby.
Greece is a busy transit point for illegal immigrants from Asia and Africa trying to reach Europe, often having paid huge sums to smugglers and traveling in rickety boats from the nearby Turkish coast.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building