Kurds enter West illegally through Kosovo, Albania

KUKES, Albania, Mar 2, 2000 -- (Reuters) Criminal gangs have begun smuggling Turkish Kurds into the West through Kosovo and Albania, Albanian police said on Wednesday.

Rexhep Mula, deputy police chief in the northern town of Kukes, said seven Kurds had been caught entering Albania illegally on Wednesday, the third such group in recent weeks.

"The Kurds have now started to use the Morini border crossing to come into Albania and later go to Italy," he said.

From Albania the would-be illegal immigrants generally cross to Italy by speedboat.

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