Angela Merkel: Germany will cooperate with British investigators

German Angela Merkel has expressed her condolences over the deaths of dozens of people found inside a tractor-trailer in Essex, east of London.

Her spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that the chancellor was “deeply shaken by the news from Britain of the fate of 39 people who were crammed together inside a truck and died an agonizing death.”

Seibert said while the circumstances of the deaths are still being investigated “our resolve must be directed against those who organize and carry out such transports.”

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Steve Alter, said Germany would provide all necessary support it can to British investigators.

Germany lies on transit routes between Britain and Bulgaria, where the truck at the center of the tragedy is believed to have been registered.