Migrants feared dead in Turkey sinking

A boat that sank on Lake Van in eastern Turkey is believed to have been carrying 55 to 60 migrants, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says, adding that six bodies had been recovered so far.

Speaking to reporters in Van province, Soylu said authorities had detained 11 people in relation to the incident, which the provincial governor's office said took place late on Saturday. Search and rescue operations continued, Soylu said.

The lake is near the border with Iran, from where migrants regularly cross into Turkey, heading west toward Europe. The lake, which lies completely within Turkey's borders, is on the path of migrants attempting to reach western Turkey from Iran, Afghanistan and other countries.

Seven people died and 64 were rescued when a boat carrying migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan sank on Lake Van in December.