Bulgarian police detain 58 migrants in Bourgas region

A total of 58 migrants were detained on October 18 by police in the Black Sea city of Bourgas and in the village of Rossen in Sozopol municipality, the regional directorate of the Interior Ministry in the city said.

Sixteen men who identified themselves as from Afghanistan were found after midnight in an abandoned building in Bourgas district.

They had been in a car driven by a 35-year man from Sofia who had a criminal record, police said.

Police stopped the car after the 16 men were seen leaving it. None of the men had identity documents. The driver faces charges of people-trafficking. The migrants, who had crossed into Bulgaria illegally, were taken to the migration directorate office in Bourgas.

A further 32 people, also describing themselves as from Afghanistan were found earlier near the village of Rossen. Six suspected people-traffickers were arrested. Five out of the six had criminal records. Each had been driving a car, with Sofia, Haskovo and Kyustendil registrations. This group of migrants also was taken to the migration directorate office in Bourgas.

Late on October 18, 10 people, including two men, two women and six children, were found, who told police that they were from Iraq. The children ranged in age from a baby a few months old to a 14-year-old.

(Photo: Bart Groenhuizen/sxc.hu)



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