Po­lice save 54 mi­grants squashed into van

Truro Daily News - - WORLD -

THESSALONIKI, Greece — Po­lice in north­ern Greece have res­cued 54 mi­grants found squashed into a van, and ar­rested two Bul­gar­ian al­leged mem­bers of a smug­gling ring paid to carry them through the coun­try.

A po­lice state­ment says the van was stopped Wed­nes­day on a road in the north­east­ern Rodopi province.

It said the 52 Syr­ian and two So­mali na­tion­als — in­clud­ing 13 mi­nors — were crammed into the four-by-2.5-me­tre back of the van, which lacked ven­ti­la­tion and was locked from the out­side.

The two Bul­gar­i­ans, aged 36 and 38, were charged with il­le­gally trans­port­ing mi­grants and en­dan­ger­ing lives. Po­lice said Thursday that each of the adults had paid US$1,700 to be taken to the north­ern city of Thessaloniki.

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