WORLD Romanian border police find 18 migrants hidden in trucks


Romanian border police find 18 migrants hidden in trucks


20:33, February 19, 2021

File photo: Agencies

BUCHAREST, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Two groups of 18 young Afghan migrants were caught hiding in four trucks at border crossings between Romania and Hungary, border police in the western Romanian city of Arad announced on Friday in a press statement.

The migrants were trying to enter Hungary through two border crossings at Nadlac, a town in western Arad, according to the statement.

Nine migrants were found hidden inside the cargo compartments of two trucks driven by two Bulgarian drivers who were carrying metal pipes and sanitary ware for companies in the Czech Republic, it said.

The preliminary checks showed that "those persons are citizens of Afghanistan, aged between 16 and 19, asylum seekers in our country," according to the statement.

The other nine migrants, also asylum seekers in Romania, were caught at another border crossing in Nadlac, hidden in two trucks driven by two Turkish drivers.

Local media said those migrants will likely be investigated on charges of attempting to cross the border illegally, while the four drivers will likely be charged with human trafficking.

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