Immigration

Friends mourn death of Afghan man in Melbourne immigration detention centre

A 23-year-old Afghan man has died in a Melbourne immigration detention centre.

A young man has died at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation centre.

Victoria Police confirmed the death of the 23-year-old man, saying he died at a government facility in Broadmeadows at 12.20am on Saturday morning.

The death is not believed to be suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Friends of the 23-year-old said he came from Afghanistan, describing him as a reserved man who was a "really good person".

The deceased man's roommate sounded the alarm after he was awoken by a loud thud and saw the 23-year-old face down on the floor.

"I tried to shake him but he didn't give me any response so I go to the officer. The officer came after maybe 10, 15 seconds. The lady tried to give him CPR. He was, like, choking," he told the Age newspaper.

Officers performed CPR before the paramedics arrived and took over -- but the attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Detainees in nearby rooms said they observed paramedics persist for about 45 minutes before they could not detect a pulse.

The Australian Border Force also confirmed the death.

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