The police have detained people smugglers that had fired shots at them in an attempt to avoid being apprehended near Inárcs, in central Hungary, early on Monday, the police said on its website, adding that nobody had been injured in the incident.
The incident happened when the police tried to stop a van with Hungarian plates on the M5 motorway for a road check. The driver of the van did not stop, while several shots were fired in the direction of the officers, police.hu said.
The driver and another man got out of the van, ran into the woods by the motorway, and continued firing at the police, the website said. The two men, allegedly Iraqis, were later detained in Budapest’s south-eastern 19th district.
The van was carrying 21 illegal migrants, who declared themselves to be Syrian nationals.
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The BRFK also said that in order to apprehend the two men, the area was cordoned off and police officers, canine units, investigators and forensic officers were dispatched to the scene.
The Counter-Terrorism Centre’s operations unit was also involved in the hunt for the shooters.
The case is being prosecuted by the BRFK for human trafficking and by the Central Investigating Prosecutor’s Office for violence against an official, police.hu reports.
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