The UK police on Thursday said all 39 people found dead inside a lorry container are believed to be Chinese nationals.
According to Essex police department n a statement, the cause of death of the eight women and 31 men has yet to be established.
On Wednesday, 25-year-old Northern Irish truck driver, Mo Robinson, was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Police said Thursday that the suspect remained in custody and confirmed that three properties were searched in County Armagh.
Police believe the container came from Belgium into England early Wednesday morning, while the truck that transported it is believed to have originated in Northern Ireland.
In a statement, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Chinese embassy staff in the UK “are en route to the scene to verify relevant information.”
The Chinese embassy in Belgium has also “demanded” a “comprehensive investigation” by Belgian police, according to a statement.
The embassy “attaches high importance to the report that bodies of 39 Chinese nationals were found in a truck in the UK,” it wrote.
A candlelight vigil was held Thursday outside the UK Home Office for 39 people found dead in a truck in Grays, Essex.