Italian news agency made this known on Wednesday, 15th November 2017.
The teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 18 were found dead in the Mediterranean early November 2017.
AFP reports that the post-mortems carried out in Salerno in southern Italy reveals that 25 of the 26 girls died of asphyxiation in the water and this occurred when the inflatable dinghy they were travelling on sank.
The bodies of the women were found by a Spanish military ship on November 3rd 2017 floating in the water. Two separate rescue operations brought them to Italy.
Some of the bodies have been identified by family members who survived the disaster and investigators who discovered phone numbers in the clothing of the victims have managed to contact their relatives.
The 26 girls will be buried on Friday in Salerno as a day of mourning has been declared. Each of the victims’ coffins will be decorated with a white rose and smaller roses will be placed for the two unborn children.
Nigerian government has called for an international investigation into the incident.