Four held over Aylan Kurdi’s death

Photographs of Aylan and Galip outside their aunt Tima Kurdi's home in Coquitlam. (Reuters)

Turkish authorities on Friday remanded in custody four Syrian suspected traffickers on charges of causing the drowning deaths of 12 migrants including a 3-year-old toddler in the Aegean that sparked horror worldwide, local media reported.

A court in the southwestern resort town of Bodrum ordered the suspects to be placed under arrest on suspicion of organizing the perilous journey and causing the death of 12 migrants including four children, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website.

A close up shows Aylan Kurdi in an undated Kurdi family photograph placed outside the home of their aunt Tima Kurdi in Coquitlam, British Columbia. (Reuters)

A close up shows Aylan Kurdi in an undated Kurdi family photograph placed outside the home of their aunt Tima Kurdi in Coquitlam, British Columbia. (Reuters)

The four suspects, including the captain of the boat, are charged with "migrant trafficking" and "causing the death of more than one person through deliberate negligence," according to the report.

They are now set to be held in jail pending a trial whose date has yet to be set.

Paramilitary police officers investigate the scene before carrying the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, 3, AP

Paramilitary police officers investigate the scene before carrying the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, 3, AP

Twelve refugees drowned on Wednesday when two boats sank in the Aegean, and images of the lifeless body of a three-year-old boy washed ashore in Bodrum in southwest Turkey sparked a wave of emotion across Europe -- the final destination for migrants seeking better lives.

Aylan Kurdi was buried on Friday in the Syrian town of Kobane, a flashpoint region which became a symbol of resistance by Syrian Kurds against Islamic State (IS) extremists.

Aylan's four-year-old brother, Ghaleb, and their mother, Rihana also drowned when their boat sank.

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