Over 145 irregular migrants held in central Turkey
5 Pakistanis, 142 Afghan nationals among irregular migrants
A total of 147 irregular migrants were held in central Turkey early Friday, according to officials.
The Ankara Provincial Gendarmerie Command said in a statement that the irregular migrants, including five Pakistanis, 142 Afghan nationals and two migrant smuggling suspects were held in the trailer of a truck stopped on the Ankara-Nigde highway.
The move came after gendarmerie teams were informed about possible migrant smuggling due to work carried out in Ankara province’s Sereflikoçhisar district.
Turkey has been a main route for irregular migrants trying to cross to Europe, especially since 2011, when Syria’s civil war began.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.