Colombia Detains 16 Pakistanis Trying to Reach US

Published: 14th February 2015 11:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2015 11:03 AM   |  A+A-


BOGOTA: Colombian authorities detained 16 Pakistani nationals who illegally entered the country and were trying to reach the United States, immigration officials have said.

Initial investigations found the Pakistanis had come from Brazil and planned to travel more than 3,200 kilometers to the US via Panama and then through Central America, immigration spokesman Juan Caicedo told AFP.

The group, picked up in the Colombian city of Medellin as they were boarding a bus to another town, were being led by a "guide" who had been paid to get them through the country.

He was accused of being a people smuggler, and the other 15 Pakistanis were taken to a humanitarian center.


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