Police arrest three for alleged smuggling

Police in Italy have arrested three people on suspicion of people-smuggling following the deaths of at least 67 migrants in a shipwreck off the country’s southern coast on Sunday.

The three detained were a Turkish man and two Pakistani nationals.

Most of those on the wooden vessel, thought to carry 200 people, were said to be from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

Officials have warned the final death toll could climb to more than 100.

Rescuers pulled another body from the sea, that of a man, on Tuesday morning.

The three men arrested are said to have sailed the boat from Izmir in Turkey to Calabria in Italy despite bad weather conditions.

Police say they allegedly asked the migrants for about €8,000 (£7,000; $8,500) each to make the long journey.

The vessel is reported to have sunk after it crashed against rocks in rough weather, while trying to land near Crotone.