26 Nigerian girls, including two pregnant ones, have been buried in Italy after drowning in the sea.

The bodies of the victims were found floating in the water by a Spanish military ship and brought to Italy on November 3, 2017 after two separate rescue operations.

Coffin of the two pregnant girls above, with the blue flowers for the babies in their wombs.

An autopsy conducted in Salerno in southern Italy, revealed that 25 of the girls died of asphyxiation in the water, after the inflatable boat they were travelling on sank.

One of the girls, who are reported to have been between the ages of 14 and 18, suffered an injury to the liver, while two among the dead had been pregnant.

Funerals were held on Friday as they were laid to rest in 14 cemeteries around Salerno. The graves of those who couldn’t be identified were marked with numbers.

Report says the Nigerian embassy in Rome has been provided with photos, and there is hope of honouring victims as individuals rather than statistics.