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PublishDate: Saturday, November 6, 2021 09:54

Turkey detains 149 Afghan migrants after ramping up border security

Turkish security forces detained 149 Afghan migrants on Thursday in the eastern city of Bitlis, after the country ratcheted up border security measures to avoid a potential influx from Afghanistan via Iran.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_One person was arrested by the local courthouse on suspicion of inside a truck trailer, Reuters reported.

The local governorate said the migrants were later brought to the repatriation centre in the eastern province of Van, located at the country’s border with Iran.

Turkey enhanced its security measures after the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) takeover in August.

A modular concrete wall is being built on Turkey’s 295-kilometre long border with Iran, as part of efforts to stop illegal crossings.

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