Zambian police say they will increase checks of vehicles at the country’s borders following the discovery over the weekend of the bodies of 27 Ethiopian migrants.
The men, all aged between 20 and 38, were found dumped by the side of the road on the outskirts of the Zambian capital, Lusaka, according to BBC News.
They were found dumped in a farming area on the outskirts of the capital after they died from suspected hunger and exhaustion.
A sole survivor was found alive in the early hours of Sunday morning and rushed to a Lusaka hospital for treatment, while the dead were transported to the mortuary for identification and post-mortems to determine the exact cause of death.
Preliminary police investigations showed the victims were all males aged between 20 and 38 and had been dumped along a road by unknown people, Reuters reported citing a statement by Zambian police spokesperson Danny Mwale. He is quoted as saying:
Police and other security wings have since instituted investigations into the matter.
Ethiopian migrants often use Zambia when travelling to countries such as South Africa, though reports of deaths in transit there are rare.
They are thought to have suffocated whilst trying to reach South Africa.
In October, the bodies of 25 Ethiopians were discovered in neighbouring Malawi.
The United Nations says 12 000 migrants have been recorded as missing across Africa since 2014.