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Shots Fired at Austria-Hungary Border: Traffickers Arrested in Hungary

Hungary Today 2022.01.20.

The Moldavian smuggler who shot at an Austrian border guard in Szentpéterfa on Monday, near the Austro-Hungarian border, was arrested by Hungarian police.

This article was originally published on our sister-site, Ungarn Heute. Translated by Júlia Tar.

On Monday morning, Austrian authorities wanted to take control of a vehicle, but the driver fled the scene. According to suspicion, there were thirteen illegal immigrants in the car. They jumped out of the vehicle, as did one of the two smugglers. The latter ran in the direction of Hungary and shot at Austrian soldiers. All of them remained unharmed.

Security Advisor: Illegal Entry Attempts to Hungary Increased in January
Security Advisor: Illegal Entry Attempts to Hungary Increased in January

Most of them are helped by people smugglers, but there have been instances when the migrants made attempts in groups of 40 or 50 on their own, György Bakondi said.Continue reading

Notified by Austrian authorities, Hungary’s Vas County police and counterterrorism (TEK) force launched a manhunt for the suspect in the area of Szentpéterfa near the border, where the man was believed to be hiding after fleeing Austrian border guards.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, police stopped a car with a Hungarian license plate in Körmend, in which three people were sitting.

Smuggler Tries to Run Over Police Officer at Austrian Border
Smuggler Tries to Run Over Police Officer at Austrian Border

In reaction, one of the policemen fired warning shots.Continue reading

The police identified the wanted man as one of them. The 25-year-old Moldova citizen is suspected of having committed the violent acts on Monday. He and the two other Moldovian men were brought to police.

Featured image via Police.hu/Vas County Police Headquarters


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