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Germany investigates disappearance of refugees discovered in lorry

Europe
19.09.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Berlin (dpa) - German authorities are investigating the disappearance of several dozen Iraqi nationals from a refugee centre in the eastern town of Eisenhuettenstadt just three days after they were discovered inside a lorry at the Polish border.

Some 50 men, women and children were discovered inside the lorry early Saturday by border police. A Turkish national who was driving the vehicle and an alleged accomplice from Syria were taken into custody on suspicion of people smuggling.

The group of Iraqis was subsequently brought to a refugee centre in Eisenhuettenstadt for registration. All but two of them - a minor and an adult found hiding under a bed - disappeared from the centre late Monday.

"The rooms are empty," said Frank Nuernberger, the director of the refugee centre, adding that witnesses had reported seeing the Iraqis get into a series of cars and that it was conceivable they were seeking to join relatives in different parts of Germany.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutor‘s office in the city of Frankfurt an der Oder said that investigators are working on the assumption that the group was smuggled into the country by an organized crime gang.

 

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