BITLIS, Turkey

A total of 53 irregular migrants were held in eastern Turkey, local authorities said on Tuesday.

The gendarmerie captured the irregular migrants in Bitlis during a regular traffic control in the town of Adlicevaz, the provincial governorate said in a statement.

A suspect who allegedly organized the illegal travel of the migrants was taken into custody.

The irregular migrants will be transferred to the provincial migration office.

*Writing by Dilan Pamuk in Ankara

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