85 migrants have been held by Serbian authorities close to the Hungary border, the scene of an altercation earlier this month that one person was reportedly killed in and several others were injured.
Serbia’s BELGRAD (AP) — 85 migrants were seized by Serbian authorities on Thursday close to the Hungary border, the scene of an altercation that one person was reportedly killed in and several others were injured earlier this month.
During a search in the northern town of Subotica, a police task group discovered automatic firearms, guns, knives, and other weapons and ammunition, according to authorities.
Six migrants have been detained and two migrants have been charged with crimes, according to the statement. The remaining migrants are allegedly guilty of less serious violations.
Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin declared, “No criminal gang will exist without being exposed, destroyed, and its members punished by the law. No one is allowed to deal with persons or carry firearms in Serbia.
Police operations in regions where smuggling groups are active have increased, Vulin added.
Serbia will not tolerate any threat to our way of life from criminals who benefit from the suffering and sorrow of others, he said.
The operation, according to the police, was “intended to stop criminal acts and offenses committed by migrants.”
The raid came after a significant melee between migrant groups near the border in early July, which left one person dead and numerous more hurt. Migrants congregate at the Hungarian border to leave the Balkan nation and travel further west.
Because Hungary has erected two rows of barbed wire fences and deployed substantial security to prevent migration, crossing Serbia’s northern border with the neighboring member of the European Union frequently requires months. Therefore, to continue their journey toward the more developed countries of the EU, migrants frequently turn to people smugglers.
According to a statement from the Serbian police, the task group that carried out the operation early on Thursday included personnel of the special police and counterterrorism units as well as state security agents.
The migrants were pictured in police images kneeling in a field with their hands over their heads, guarded by fully armed officers wearing bulletproof vests and helmets.
On their lengthy trips in search of better lives, migrants from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia frequently encounter dangers as they avoid war, violence, or poverty. Additionally, migrants from Serbia enter Croatia, Bosnia, or Romania.
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