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Algeria retrieves bodies of six people after boat capsizes

Six other people, including a pregnant woman, were rescued and have been transferred to a hospital in Bainem
More than 2,350 would-be migrants have been rescued or intercepted in the first seven months of this year off Algeria, according to data provided by national authorities (Reuters)

Six people were found dead at sea and others were missing after their boat sank on Monday off the coast of Algeria, local television reported, adding six survivors were rescued. 

"Six bodies were retrieved and six injured people, including a pregnant woman, have been transferred to hospital at Bainem," west of the capital Algiers, private television channel Ennahar said. 

The boat capsized around 4am local time (03:00 GMT), it added. 

Ennahar reported that there had been around 20 people on the boat, aged between 20 and 30, and that a search was ongoing for those still missing. 

The boat's occupants, who were attempting to reach Europe, originated from various sub-Saharan African countries.

More than 2,350 people heading to Europe have been rescued or intercepted in the first seven months of this year off Algeria, according to data provided by national authorities. 

People embarking from the North African country often head to Spain.