Twenty-one people from Syria were found concealed in a train travelling from Turkey to Germany when it stopped at the railway station in the Bulgarian town of Nova Zagora, Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said on May 18.
The goods train, carrying refrigeration equipment, arrived at Nova Zagora railway station soon after 9am, the statement said.
While railway staff and customs officers were checking the train, voices were heard from inside, crying for help, and police were called.
Inside, 21 people were found, 13 children, five women and three men, all from Syria, the Interior Ministry said. Local media said that the youngest of the children was four years old.
The group was being held at a police station while the Migration Directorate was investigating, the ministry said.
This is the latest in a number of incidents in which Bulgarian police have intercepted people travelling illegally on trains from Turkey to Germany via Bulgaria.