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Over 145 irregular migrants held in central Turkey

5 Pakistanis, 142 Afghan nationals among irregular migrants

Muhammed Nuri Erdogan   | 30.07.2021
Over 145 irregular migrants held in central Turkey

ANKARA

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.

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