Serbian police move 1,000 people to safe locations after shooting at the border

Serbian police said on Saturday that they had to move about 1,000 people to safety this week after a shootout between smugglers and migrants near the border with Hungary.

Six people were injured in the accident on Thursday, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Dragan Vasilevic in Belgrade.

Among those involved were people from Afghanistan and Morocco.

Rifles, pistols and ammunition were seized.

The so-called Balkan route, along which refugees and migrants try to reach Western Europe, passes through Serbia and Hungary.

This year the number of its users doubled compared to last year, according to the various police authorities.

Since 2015, Hungary has been trying to prevent crossings through irregular border crossings with metal fencing on its border with Serbia.

Conflicts between migrants and between smugglers and migrants occur frequently.

An immigrant was killed in a shooting in July.

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