Post-mortems examinations have revealed the cause of death of the 26 teenage migrant girls found dead in the Mediterranean Sea.
The autopsy carried out in Salerno in southern Italy, revealed that 25 of the girls died of asphyxiation in the water while the remaining one suffered a wound to her liver.
It was earlier reported that the girls between the ages of 14-18 may have been sexually abused and murdered as they attempted to cross the sea.
Italian security operatives had arrested an Egyptian and a Libyan in connection to the deaths of the 26 Nigerian females.
But the results have revealed that 2 of the deceased were pregnant and none of the girls suffered physical or sexual violence.
The bodies of some of the victims have been identified by their families; and funeral services would hold for the deceased on Friday, November 17, in Salerno where a day of mourning has been declared.