Border police in Trieste | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/STATE POLICE
Border police in Trieste | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/STATE POLICE

Italian authorities found 22 Iraqi migrants travelling on a lorry from Turkey. The driver had discovered them hiding on his rig.

Italian authorities found 22 Iraqi migrants between the ages of 18 and 55, including four women, travelling hidden on a lorry from Turkey. The driver discovered the migrants after stopping to investigate sounds he heard coming from the semitrailer. 


Lorry was headed for Germany 

The lorry driver, a Turkish man, picked up the cargo for his rig - a trailer from Istanbul - on Tuesday morning at the port of Trieste. Once he completed the necessary customs procedures, he began driving towards Germany. On the freeway around Gemona in the province of Udine, he heard noises coming from the cargo area. When he stopped to check the back, he found the 22 migrants, who had entered by piercing holes in the semitrailer. 

Trieste police arrest three foreigners between Naples-Treviso 

On Wednesday, border police in Trieste arrested two Pakistani citizens and one Indian citizen in Naples and Treviso on charges of aggravated facilitation of illegal immigration. Authorities are still searching for two other Pakistani citizens. The operation, titled "Altipiano Carsico" (Karst Plateau), targeted illegal immigration on the Balkan route, and was conducted by the anti-mafia police at the Trieste prosecutor's office. Trieste and the Karst Plateau are a crossroads of irregular migration from Pakistan. 
 

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