Confirmed: 24 killed after ferry sinks off Zanzibar coast





24 people have died after a ferry carrying 280 passengers and crew sank near the island of Zanzibar earlier today. Officials stated that 145 persons were rescued, however many more are still missing. The Navy said the boat got into difficulties due to strong winds after it left the city of Dar-es-Salaam.



  
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