THESALONIKI, Greece ( Associated Press) – A migrant was killed by gunfire at the Greece-Turkey border while he and several others attempted to cross the river that separates the two countries, Greek police said on Sunday.
It was not immediately clear who fired the bullet that killed the woman on Saturday night.
Greek police were patrolling the area where the Avros River, called Merik in Turkish, is about 60 to 70 meters (about 200 ft) wide and through which many migrants attempt to cross, a police statement and Additional information has been provided. Associated Press by a police officer on condition of anonymity. The authorities saw several migrants on the Turkish side shortly before 9 p.m.
Police said 11 people boarded an inflatable dinghy, and officers pointed flashlights at the boat and began shouting “police.” Go back.” In response, the police officer said, a “barrage” of gunfire erupted from the Turkish side. The officer confirmed that according to the statement, Greek police patrols could not locate the source of the shots in the dark and themselves The save fell to the ground, shooting warning shots into the air.
The dinghy came close to the Greek coast and five people got off – four made it to shore but a fifth person was swimming in the water. According to the statement, the police reached the body with some difficulty and when they dragged it to the shore, it was found that it belonged to a woman and she was dead.
Police interrogated the four survivors – three Pakistani men, a minor (17 years old) and an Eritrean woman. There were conflicting reports about the nationality of the deceased woman, but they believe that she was African. It was not known what happened to the other six people who tried to cross, but officials do not believe they have entered Greece.
The coroner examining the woman’s body in the northeastern city of Alexandropolis gave a preliminary report that she died of a bullet injury in the back, with the bullet coming from a short distance and from a small-caliber weapon. The police officer said that the Greek police do not use such weapons.
The coroner’s final report had not been released until Sunday afternoon.
Demetris Nellas reported from Athens, Greece.