Bulgarian truck found with bodies of 18 migrants



Feb 18, 2023 | 1:39am

Bulgarian police on Friday found an abandoned truck containing the bodies of 18 migrants who appeared to have suffocated.

The interior ministry said initial information said the truck was carrying about 40 migrants, and the survivors were taken to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment.

Bulgarian Health Minister Assen Medidiev said most of the survivors were in very poor condition.

“They’re suffering from oxygen deprivation, their clothes are wet, they’re freezing, and they obviously haven’t eaten in days,” Medidiev said.

The truck was found abandoned on a highway near the capital Sofia. The driver was not there, but police found the passenger in a secret compartment under the cargo.

Bulgaria’s deputy chief prosecutor and head of the National Investigation Service, Borislav Saratov, speaks to the media in the village of Lokhorsko, near the capital Sofia, February 17, 2023.

Authorities did not immediately disclose the immigrants’ nationalities. Bulgarian media reported that they were all from Afghanistan.

Bulgaria is a Balkan country with a population of seven million, the poorest country in the European Union, and lies on a major route for migrants from the Middle East and Afghanistan trying to enter Europe from Turkey. Few people plan to stay here, and most people use Bulgaria as a way to travel west.

Bulgaria has erected a barbed wire fence along its 259-kilometer (161-mile) border with Turkey, but many migrants are still able to enter the country with the help of local traffickers.

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Law enforcement officers guard the site where an abandoned truck was found in the village of Lokolsko, near Sofia, Bulgaria, on February 17, 2023.

Police officers investigate the area where the bodies of 18 migrants were believed to have suffocated in a pile of wood in a closed room in the village of Lokolsko near Sofia, Bulgaria, February 17, 2023.

The Interior Ministry said initial information said the truck was carrying about 40 migrants and the survivors were taken to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment.

In October 2019, in the UK, police found 39 bodies inside a refrigerated container that had been brought to the UK. British police say the victims, aged 15 to his 44, were all from poor villages in Vietnam who paid smugglers to take them on dangerous journeys to a better life abroad. It is believed that

Police said he died from a combination of oxygen deprivation and overheating in the enclosed space. The truck, which was found in the town of Grays, east of London, had arrived in England by ferry from Zeebrugge, Belgium.


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