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Romanian border police find 111 migrants in back of truck

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Romanian border police say they have stopped 111 asylum seekers hidden in the back of a large truck who trying to illegally leave Romania and head toward Western Europe.

Romania's ambassador to Britain, Dan Mihalache, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Mihalache said Romanians were concerned about their future status after Britain formally leaves the bloc, estimating there are up to half a million Romanians living in Britain— many more than the 190,000 officially registered there.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Romania’s ambassador to Britain, Dan Mihalache, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, March 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda/ Manila Bulletin)

Border police said Saturday statement they discovered the group late Friday crammed into the vehicle at the Romanian-Hungarian border. The migrants, aged 2 to 53, included citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India,

The Romanian driver, who is being investigated as an accomplice, told police he was unaware that anyone was hiding in the truck.

Police say the migrants were trying to reach the “Schengen zone” which allows for unimpeded cross-border travel.

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