3 migrants and suspected smuggler injured
Police identified the alleged smuggler as a 27-year-old Macedonian national. He and three of the passengers were taken to hospital, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening, and the Macedonian man was later arrested, the statement said.
The other migrants, believed to have entered the country from Greece, have been moved to a shelter in the southern border town of Gevgelija pending deportation to Greece.
Migration along the so-called European Balkan route has accelerated since travel restrictions imposed amid the COVID-19 pandemic were lifted.
In the first 10 months of 2022, there were nearly 17,000 illegal attempts to enter North Macedonia, nearly double the number in the same period a year earlier, according to police.
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