Christian migrants 'thrown overboard in religious clash'

Italian police are holding 15 Muslim men on suspicion of murdering a dozen Christians on a migrant boat from Africa.

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Christian migrants 'thrown overboard in religious clash'

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Fifteen African migrants have been arrested by Italian police for allegedly throwing about a dozen Christians overboard during the Mediterranean journey.

A statement by police in Sicily said the motive was religious differences and the aggressors were Muslim. One is said to be a minor.

They are being held on charges of multiple murder motivated by religious hatred.

The victims were from Ghana and Nigeria; their alleged assailants from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal.

Reports of the attack come in a week when hundreds of migrants are thought to have died trying to cross the Med – including more than 40 in another incident reported on Thursday.

The murder suspects were among around 100 people on board a boat brought to Palermo.

The survivors said they made it alive by forming a human chain to avoid being thrown overboard.