Vietnam police announce list of UK lorry victims

HANOI (Viet Nam News/ANN) - After affirming that all the 39 victims in the incident of the container truck, detected in Essex county, are Vietnamese, the Ministry of Public Security officially announced their identities.

Earlier Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh said Vietnam would continue to take all necessary citizen protection measures to bring the victims home early after all 39 people found dead in the back of a lorry in the UK were confirmed as Vietnamese nationals.

At a meeting held on Friday, Deputy PM Binh said after co-ordination, examination and comparison of personal identities, the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam and UK law enforcement agencies on Thursday determined the 39 victims killed in a container discovered in Essex were all Vietnamese nationals.

The 39 citizens came from Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Thua Thien-Hue.

The meeting was held to guide ministries, agencies and localities on how to conduct citizen protective measures in line with Vietnamese, UK and international laws, he said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that a working group, led by Deputy Minister To Anh Dung, arrived in the UK on November 3 to work with UK agencies to identify the victims.

After confirming the identities, the ministry informed the victims’ families and sent its condolences to them. It has also worked with the People’s Committees in relevant localities to help families complete procedures to bring their loved ones home.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his condolences to the families of the victims in a statement released on Thursday evening.

“The Vietnamese Government strongly condemns human trafficking and the illegal organisation of migration, and calls on countries in the region and the world to continue promoting co-operation and resolutely preventing and fighting this especially dangerous crime,” he said.

“The Vietnamese Government highly appreciates UK agencies for closely working with Vietnamese partners to handle the incident, and expresses its thanks to UK citizens and overseas Vietnamese people in the UK and all over the world for sharing and sending their condolences to the victims."

The PM asked authorities and people across the whole country to share, encourage and support the families to help them overcome their huge losses.

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