Police officers drive away a lorry (C) in which 39 dead bodies were discovered. AFP via Getty Images)

Vietnam has arrested eight more suspects in connection with the deaths of 39 people found in a truck in Britain who are believed to be Vietnamese, police said Monday.

Police in the central province of Nghe An, where several suspected victims came from, “arrested eight suspects involved in (people smuggling) rings,” provincial police director Nguyen Huu Cau said, according to local press.

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The state-run Vietnam News agency confirmed the news, which follows two other arrests in central Vietnam last week in connection with the deaths in Britain.

Concise News had reported that Police were called by ambulance service after the discovery of the bodies of 39 people in a lorry container in Essex.

The lorry driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder, with early indications that 38 adults and one teenager have died.

It was learned, according to Essex Police, that the lorry travelled from Bulgaria and entered the country via Holyhead, Anglesey, on Saturday.

“We have arrested the lorry driver in connection with the incident, who remains in police custody as our inquiries continue,” Ch Supt Andrew Mariner said.

The UK police also 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.

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.