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Customs officers apprehend smugglers, 29 illegal migrants

Customs officials have apprehended two foreign nationals trying to transport 29 illegal migrants to Italy in a truck, the national tax authority (NAV) said on Monday.

A Romanian and a Greek man hid four women and 25 men among furniture and moving boxes and told inspecting officers they were moving furniture and personal property when the truck with German licence plates was stopped in Zala County in southwest Hungary.

The migrants, who said they were from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India, were “suffocating” in the overheated cargo hold “and might not have made it to the end of the journey”, NAV said.

The smugglers and the migrants were handed over to the Zala County police, NAV said.

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