Bulgaria has intercepted nine illegal immigrants hidden in a refrigerator truck at a parking lot near the western city of Vidin bordering Romania, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.
The immigrants were found Tuesday night after the truck driver heard banging in the refrigerated trailer, the ministry said.
Police arrived immediately and found that the seal of the trailer carrying watermelons was broken and nine foreigners were hiding inside.
The foreigners, including seven men, a woman and a 16-year-old boy, said they were from Afghanistan. Three of them were treated at a local hospital, but their lives were not in danger, the ministry said, adding an investigation is underway.