Indonesia detains 56 Afghan migrants heading to Australia
The Indonesian Navy has detained 56 illegal Aghan migransts suspected to enter Australia in eastern Indonesia, navy spokesman Iskandar Sitompul said Friday, Xinhua reported.
The spokesman said that the migrants were arrested on Thursday night when they were sailing by wooden boat on waters off West Nusa Tenggra. "The 56 Afghan migrants now being detained in the navy base in West Nusa Tenggra, they were suspsected to enter Austrlia," he told Xinhua overphone.
Indonesia has been a favorable transit spot for illegal migrants from Afghanistan, the Middle East, Asia and other countries, who attempt to enter Australia for better life.
In March, Indonesian Police arrested 59 Afghan and Pakistani migrants in eastern parts of Indonesia, who was travelling to Australia.
Indonesia and Australia have cooperated in handling the human trafficking.