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Police: 14 migrants killed by train while walking along train tracks in central Macedonia

  • A police officer walks along the rail tracks north of the central Macedonian town of Veles, on Friday, April 24, 2015 near where 14 migrants were killed by a train while walking along the tracks. Fourteen migrants believed to be from Afghanistan and Somalia who were heading north toward the European Union were killed by an express train as they walked along tracks in central Macedonia Thursday night, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

    A police officer walks along the rail tracks north of the central Macedonian town of Veles, on Friday, April 24, 2015 near where 14 migrants were killed by a train while walking along the tracks. Fourteen migrants believed to be from Afghanistan and Somalia who were heading north toward the European Union were killed by an express train as they walked along tracks in central Macedonia Thursday night, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)  (The Associated Press)

  • A group of migrants stand by the rail tracks north of the central Macedonian town of Veles Friday, April 24, 2015 near the site where 14 other migrants were killed by a train while walking along the tracks.  Fourteen migrants believed to be from Afghanistan and Somalia who were heading north toward the European Union were killed by an express train as they walked along tracks in central Macedonia Thursday night, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Petr Stojanovski)

    A group of migrants stand by the rail tracks north of the central Macedonian town of Veles Friday, April 24, 2015 near the site where 14 other migrants were killed by a train while walking along the tracks. Fourteen migrants believed to be from Afghanistan and Somalia who were heading north toward the European Union were killed by an express train as they walked along tracks in central Macedonia Thursday night, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Petr Stojanovski)  (The Associated Press)

  • A train stops on the rail tracks north of the central Macedonian town of Veles, on Friday, April 24, 2015 near where 14 migrants were killed by a train while walking along the tracks. Fourteen migrants believed to be from Afghanistan and Somalia who were heading north toward the European Union were killed by an express train as they walked along tracks in central Macedonia Thursday night, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

    A train stops on the rail tracks north of the central Macedonian town of Veles, on Friday, April 24, 2015 near where 14 migrants were killed by a train while walking along the tracks. Fourteen migrants believed to be from Afghanistan and Somalia who were heading north toward the European Union were killed by an express train as they walked along tracks in central Macedonia Thursday night, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)  (The Associated Press)

Macedonian police say at least 14 migrants, believed to be from Afghanistan and Somalia, have died after being hit by a train as they walked along the tracks at night.

Police said Friday that the accident occurred at around 10:30 p.m. (2030 GMT) Thursday night near the central Macedonian town of Veles, as the migrants followed the tracks to head north. The train was an express passenger train travelling from the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki to the Serbian capital of Belgrade.

Tens of thousands of migrants and refugees attempt to reach the more prosperous central and western European countries by heading from Turkey to nearby Greek islands, then either try to sneak onto Italy-bound ferries, or head overland through Macedonia.