Bulgaria Busts 16 Illegal Immigrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, AlgeriaDiplomacy | November 23, 2011, Wednesday // 13:51| views
15 illegal Afghans were busted last week in Bulgaria. Photo by Interior Ministry
Bulgaria's Border Police has busted a total of 16 illegal immigrants from as far as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Algeria.
13 men were arrested late Tuesday night near the southwestern Bulgarian town of Petrich after they went around the Bulgaria-Greece border crossing point at Kulata-Promachonas, the Interior Ministry announced.
Eight of them are Afghans, three are Iraqis, and one is Algerian. The Bulgarian Border Police have also captured a Polish citizen who is believed to be in charge of the human trafficking channel.
Five of the Afghans were found to have temporary residence permits issued by the Greek authorities.
In a separate hit, the Bulgarian Border Police busted three more illegal Afghan immigrants, this time at the Bulgarian-Turkish border near the town of Svilengrand and the Kapitan Andreevo border crossing point.
The three persons – two women and one men – were captured around 8 pm on Tuesday. They had no IDs but told the police they come from Afghanistan.
The supposed human trafficker who was accompanying them managed to cross back into Turkish territory.
The new hits come after last week the Bulgarian authorities captured 15 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Iraq.