Over 70 irregular migrants held across Turkey

Migrants include Afghan and Pakistani nationals

Over 70 irregular migrants held across Turkey

At least 72 irregular migrants were held across Turkey, security sources said Monday.

In Baskale in the eastern Van province, 72 migrants, including children, were held by local gendarmerie forces, the sources said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

The migrants were nationals of Afghanistan and Pakistan, they added.

 All of the migrants were referred to provincial migration offices.

Turkey has been a main route for irregular migrants trying to cross into Europe, especially since 2011 when the Syrian civil war began.

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