Austrian police rescue 24 Afghan migrants locked inside a truck
By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Wed Sep 02 2015, 9:47 am
Police in Vienna, capital of Austria, have rescued 24 Afghan migrants who were locked in a truck. Austrian officials said on Tuesday the men aged 16 to 20 were hiding in an air-tight compartment and risked suffocation.
Police told reporters that the sliding of the door was welded shut and the tailgate had been locked leaving the men in a very dangerous situation.
“It was like a rolling prison cell … they were crammed in, sitting and standing on top of each other
“They would not have made it too much further.” Thomas Keiblinger, a Vienna police spokesman told Reuters news agency.
Police also said that the driver of the truck fled as police officers approached but he was later arrested. Initial investigation reveals that the truck had come from Hungary.
This comes days after 71 migrants were found dead inside an abandoned truck. Forensic team believed the Syrian migrants had died of suffocation.
Tens of thousands of people, mostly from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have been fleeing their countries because of war. They have been taking dangerous routes to reach out to Europe. In previous months hundreds of people died when their tiny boats capsized in river.