Three Dead on Greece-Turkey Border May Be Crime Victims, Police Says

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Three women found dead on the Greece-Turkey border had suffered wounds that indicate they may have been victims of a crime, Greek police said on Thursday.

A forensic examiner has still to determine the cause of death after the women were found on Wednesday near the River Evros with neck wounds caused by "a sharp object", a police source said.

The Evros, which marks the frontier between Greece and Turkey, is a major crossing point for migrants and refugees seeking political asylum and entry into EU-member state Greece.

An initial investigation found the three victims were between 15 to 25 years old and likely of Asian ethnicity. It was not immediately clear whether they were migrants or refugees.

The bodies were found by a farmer in a field on the banks of the Evros, where growing numbers of migrants and refugees are seeking to cross following a border crackdown by eastern European states.

Local police have called for extra manpower as Athens seeks to reinforce its border areas.

Twelve people drowned in the river between January and July, according to Greek authorities.

According to Greek police data, over 8,400 migrants and asylum seekers were arrested on the border in the first six months of this year, compared with about 1,600 in the same period a year ago.