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The Latest: Hungary Stops Austria-bound Van with 25 Migrants

The Latest: Hungary Stops Austria-bound Van with 25 Migrants

Thursday, 02 June 2016 09:18 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

Hungarian police say they have detained five Ukrainians suspected of human trafficking for transporting 25 migrants from Pakistan and Afghanistan toward Austria.

The migrants were in one of two vans with Lithuanian license plates stopped by police early Thursday on a road near the western city of Szombathely, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the Austrian border.

In another case, police said a 49-year-old Austrian man was taken into custody near the northern city of Tata after he was stopped with six Syrians, including two minors, in his car. The Syrians had registered with Hungarian authorities and requested asylum but did not have the documents needed to leave the country.

Hungary registered over 17,500 asylum requests this year by mid-May, but most of the asylum-seekers leave for western Europe before their cases are decided.

12:38 a.m.

Police in eastern Germany say they're looking for three men from a suspected vigilante group after a video surfaced of them pulling an Iraqi migrant out of a supermarket.

Goerlitz police told the dpa news agency Thursday the 21-year-old Iraqi was arguing with supermarket employees over a defective phone card on May 21 in Arnsdorf when three men in black shirts stormed in, grabbed him, took him outside and zip-tied him to a tree.

The men fled when police arrived.

Bild newspaper on Thursday posted a video of the incident, which it said has been making the rounds on far-right websites.

Police are looking for witnesses who can identify the men. They're also investigating the migrant, who supermarket workers said threatened them with a bottle.

11:15 a.m.

Authorities in Greece say three migrants have been hospitalized with injuries after violence broke out overnight at a detention camp on the island of Lesbos.

The clashes between migrant groups occurred early Thursday and also resulted in a fire that gutted a converted freight container used as trailer home, police said.

It was the latest violence at the Moria camp on the Greek island, where more than 2,500 are held in detention following a March agreement between the European Union and Turkey to deport migrants and refugees.

Deportations have been held up by delays in the asylum screening process — triggering frequent unrest at camps on Lesbos and the nearby island of Chios.

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