Bosnian Police Find 34 Migrants in Van Being Smuggled Into Europe

A group of approximately 100 Asian migrants face a police blockade, in the vicinity of Maljevac border crossing near Northern-Bosnian town of Velika Kladusa, on October 24, 2018. - Illegal migrants gathered near the border crossing in an attempt to cross into neighboring Croatia. Officers of Bosnian border police and …
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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – Police in Bosnia say officers found 34 migrants in a van near the country’s border with Serbia.

A police statement issued Wednesday said a Bosnian citizen was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle the migrants in the area around the town of Bratunaca in eastern Bosnia.

The statement says the people in the van didn’t have identification documents but stated they were Syrians and Palestinians. The group included minors.

Police in Sarajevo separately arrested a migrant from Algiers on suspicion of attacking personnel on patrol at the capital’s railway station. Police said the man arrested Wednesday morning carried a knife.

Thousands of migrants have been stuck in Bosnia while trying to reach countries in western Europe. Migrants usually enter Bosnia from Serbia or Montenegro, planning to continue on to European Union member Croatia.

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