In an operation against illegal migration, Bulgarian police detained 27 people found travelling on a goods train en route from Turkey to Austria, the Interior Ministry said on February 29.
The operation took place on the night of February 28 at the railway station at Kaspichan, a town in the north-eastern Bulgaria in the Shoumen region.
Railway employees at Provadiya railway station had told police that they saw people hiding under a tarpaulin as the train travelled through.
Police found 27 foreign citizens, 11 women, nine men and seven children. None had identity documents. They identified themselves as citizens of Iraq, the Interior Ministry said.
Pre-trial proceedings had been initiated and staff of the Migration Directorate were dealing with the foreign nationals, the statement said.
(Photo of Kaspichan station: Petar Iankov)