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North Macedonia police discover 55 migrants in truck, car

North Macedonia police discover 55 migrants in truck, car

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have found 55 migrants in two separate incidents.

One migrant was injured when the truck carrying him and 42 others hit a concrete pillar at a toll station.

Both incidents took place Friday, police announced Saturday, and all the migrants will be deported back to Greece, where they came from.

The truck carrying 43 migrants — 13 from Bangladesh, 11 from Pakistan, 10 from Syria, 5 from Afghanistan and 4 from Turkey — was travelling north to Serbia when the accident happened at a toll booth near the capital of Skopje. The driver fled the scene and is still at large.

Also Friday, a passenger car was found near the border with Greece carrying 12 Syrian migrants. Police arrested the 35-year-old Serb driver.

Although the land border between Greece and North Macedonia is closed due to the coronavirus epidemic, “essential” travel is still allowed. Trafficking networks remain active in the area, ferrying migrants who are trying to make their way into central and northern Europe.