Romanian border police find migrants in truck full of chemicals
23 (Xinhua) -- Border police in western Romania on Wednesday found 26 migrants from Syria and Turkey trying to leave for the Schengen area in a truck containing hydrochloric acid canisters. The truck was transporting the chemicals on the Turkey-Germany route, the Arad Border Police said. The foreign nationals were discovered hidden inside the semi-trailer during a police search.
Detailed checks were carried out after officers found the truck had a broken seal during a routine inspection at the border crossing point. Preliminary investigations show that the truck was driven by a Turkish citizen, while 25 of the migrants were from Syria and one was from Turkey. Arad Border Police are investigating the driver for migrant trafficking, and the migrants for attempted fraudulent crossing of the state border.
Romania, which is close to the Schengen area and hopes to join the European border-free zone within the year, has become an important transit point for migrants in recent years.