Migrant boat sinks off Italian coast

A boat believed to be carrying over 250 migrants has sunk south off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, a day after at least 40 people died when a boat sank off the Libyan coast.

An Italian navy spokesman said vessels from the Mare Nostrum task force, set up after hundreds of people drowned in migrant boat disasters last year, were on their way to the scene.

Read: Forty migrants die after boat sinks off Libya coast

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