Migrant Ship Off Greek Coast Reportedly Carrying Armed People

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This 2009 file photo shows a boat overflowing with migrants, which survived a violent storm, arriving in the port of Tripoli, Libya, March 29, 2009. Reuters

A cargo ship believed to be carrying hundreds of migrants near the Greek island of Corfu sent out a distress signal saying armed people were on board on Tuesday, Greek television reported.

Two Greek officials confirmed that a distress signal had been received from the Moldovan-flagged Blue Sky M but did not give further details on the message.

A Greek frigate, a coastguard vessel and a military helicopter were heading to the area, they added.

"We have information that it is carrying suspected migrants. It is sailing off Corfu," a shipping ministry official said.

Greece's SKAI television said as many as 700 people may be on board but other reports put the total at 400.

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