Poland: Police apprehend illegal migrants hiding in fruit truck


Two illegal migrants from Afghanistan who stowed themselves away in the back of a fruit truck from Greece were apprehended by police near the Polish-Slovak border in Barwinek.


The pair of Afghan migrants paid 4,000 euros each for the journey, Polish broadcaster TVP Info reports. The Polish truck driver alerted police to the situation after hearing strange noises coming from the back of his trailer which was packed full of Greek watermelons.


Shortly after, Polish border guards and KAS officers opened the back of the trailer to find two Afghan nationals, aged 18 and 41, stowed away with the watermelons. Next, the two men were transferred to a detention facility for illegal migrants. The District Court in Sanok decided that both men will be held in Bialystok in the east of Poland for the next three months.


Elżbieta Pikor, a Polish border guard official told members of the press that both men were healthy, well-clothed, and had several hundred euros and food with them.


“They were convinced that they had already reached Germany,” Pikor said, adding that one man had documents showing that he had applied for asylum in Greece.


Pikor noted that since the beginning of 2020, Polish border guards have apprehended 40 illegal immigrants who had crossed over into Poland from Ukraine and Slovakia.


The news comes just weeks after Polish authorities arrested four Islamic militants from Tajikistan who were suspecting of recruiting Muslim converts to carry out terrorist attacks in the country.


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