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Serbia rounds up thousands of migrants after border shooting

Found five handguns and automatic rifles

09 November, 13:27

(ANSA-AFP) - BELGRADE, NOV 9 - Officials in Serbia said on Wednesday police had discovered 4,500 "irregular" migrants in the country in under two weeks, during a nationwide operation launched after a shootout that left three migrants dead. During raids in border areas in both southeastern and northern Serbia, police in the Balkan country said they found five handguns and automatic rifles and over 1,500 rounds of ammunition. Eight people were arrested over suspected people smuggling, while nearly 120 were detained for "various criminal offences", the interior ministry said. "The ministry of internal affairs will persevere in this fight until the problem of irregular migration is solved and the chain of human trafficking is completely cut," police said. The interior ministry added that 3,000 of the migrants had been transferred to official state-controlled reception centres. Three people were killed and another wounded in a shooting between migrants near Serbia's border with Hungary on October 27. Police subsequently launched a countrywide operation aimed at curbing illegal migration and people smuggling. More than 81,000 cars and 330 locations have been checked, they said. (ANSA-AFP).

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