KOCAELI, Turkey

Turkish police caught seven irregular migrants in the northwestern province of Kocaeli, a local authority said Tuesday.   

The Provincial Police Directorate’s anti-smuggling teams stopped a bus during traffic control on the Anatolian Highway. 

During the search, migrants from Afghanistan who entered the country illegally were held. 

Two human traffickers were also arrested. 

Turkey has been a key transit point for irregular migrants aiming to cross to Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution. 

*Writing by Burak Dag

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