Two men arrested over the death of a girl in a small boat on the English Channel

Two men have been arrested over the death of a young girl who died while attempting to cross the Channel. The youngster died after boarding the ship on a beach in France on April 23, the National Crime Agency said.

NCA officers arrested Sudanese nationals Al Tahir Abdullah Adam, 24, and Musaab Bashir Altijani, 19, in Hillingdon, west London, on Thursday. They are wanted in France on suspicion of causing death.

The two men appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday and were remanded in custody until their next appearance at the same court on Friday. They now risk extradition to France.

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The girl was one of five people killed when a rubber boat carrying more than 100 people left a beach near Wimereux before running into difficulties. Three men and a woman were also killed. About 49 people were rescued, but 58 others refused to leave the boat and continued their journey to Britain.

NCA Deputy Director of Investigations Craig Turner said: “These arrests are the result of an investigation led by French authorities and supported by the NCA together with other law enforcement partners. We said at the time of this tragic incident that we were committed to doing everything we can to identify and bring to justice those responsible for this event, and that remains the case.”

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