Komotini, September 11
Greek border guards found dozens of would-be immigrants,
most of them from Asia, hidden between mattresses in a truck that had
crossed the border from Turkey, said police on Saturday.
Border guards seized the truck on the main road between Alexandroupolis
at Dhidhimotikhon, five kilometres (three miles) from the border and
found 54 people inside.
The migrants came mainly from Asian countries
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and had previously
crossed the Evros river, a traditional crossing point for illegal immigrants
trying to reach the European Union.
The driver of the truck, who was on his way from Istanbul
to the Greek capital Athens, had charged his illegal passengers 326
euros (400 dollars) each for the journey, police said.