Police discovered a truck abandoned by 18 Afghan migrants in Bulgaria. The bodies included a child and appear to have been suffocated.
According to the Interior Ministry, initial information indicates that the lorry was carrying approximately 40 migrants. The survivors were then taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Borislav Sarafov, Chief of Investigative Service, stated that three people were taken into custody following the discovery and are not being charged.
Assen Medzhidiev, Bulgaria’s health minister, said that the survivors were in very poor condition.
He stated, “They have suffered from oxygen shortage, their clothes are damp, they are freezing and clearly have not eaten for days.”
The driver was not in his vehicle. It was located 12 miles (20 km) northeast of the capital.
The passengers were found hidden under a timber cargo by police officers. Eight of the migrants are said to be in very serious health.
Bulgaria is an entry point for migrants who are coming to the European Union via Turkey. The government has been accused in the mistreatment of refugees trying to reach Europe.
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Bulgaria is a member of the European Union. It hopes to become a Schengen member, which allows people to freely move across borders within the Schengen region.
More than 150,000 people tried to cross the border into Turkey last year. This was four times more than the previous year.