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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3 Chechen Girls Die in Mountains

WARSAW -- Three Chechen girls, one a 6-year-old, died as they tried to cross into Poland illegally with their mother through the mountains at the border with Ukraine, Polish border guards said.

Guards found the exhausted woman, carrying a 2-year-old girl, 20 meters from the border late Thursday, and she told them where to find the bodies of her other daughters.

"The woman was a Russian citizen of Chechen ethnicity and crossed the Ukrainian-Polish border illegally," spokesman Jacek Sonta said Friday. "She said her daughters hadn't survived the hardship of the journey."

The woman said she had been wandering the mountains for four days. The woman and the 2-year-old are in hospital. Polish authorities are carrying out autopsies on the bodies of the girls, aged 6, 10 and 13.