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10 Stowaways Dead in Brazil

January 4, 2000

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Dock workers in northeastern Brazil unloading cocoa from a ship discovered the bodies of 10 stowaways, likely victims of accidental insecticide poisoning, police said Monday.

The victims were found at Ilheus, 500 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro, federal Police Chief Rubem Patury said.

He said the men were probably trying to enter Brazil illegally. So far none has been identified. The ship brought cocoa from the Ivory Coast to Brazil.

Police suspect the victims were poisoned when Brazilian authorities sprayed the cocoa with insecticide, a routine practice.

Police expect more bodies to be found as crews continued to unload the 8,700 ton cocoa shipment from the cargo ship, Karonga, which departed from Abdijan about two weeks ago.

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