The Latest: Croatia police find 9 migrants in crate in van



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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):

9:15 p.m.

Police in Croatia say they have discovered nine migrants crammed in a bolted crate at the back of a van.

Police say they found the migrants early Tuesday in eastern Croatia after stopping the van with Polish license plates and hearing voices coming from the crate.

The migrants included three men, two women and four minors who said they were from Iran and Iraq. The 21-year-old Ukrainian national who drove the van has been arrested for suspected human smuggling.

Migrants fleeing war and poverty in their countries cross into European Union member state Croatia from neighboring Serbia or Bosnia. Thousands of migrants from the Middle East, Africa or Asia have been stuck in the Balkans while trying to reach Western Europe.

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4:15 p.m.

Cyprus police have detained two Syrian men on suspicion of human trafficking following the arrival of a boat loaded with 131 Syrian migrants on the island nation's northeastern coast.

Police said Tuesday that the two men were aboard another vessel that had shadowed the boat ferrying the migrants as it approached the Cypriot coastline on Monday.

Cypriot authorities had tracked the movements of the migrants' boat by radar.

The men, ages 43 and 53, were arrested after a marine police patrol boat intercepted their vessel off the Akamas nature preserve.

Both men face charges including aiding and abetting the illegal entry of migrants in Cyprus and people trafficking by a sea route.

All 131 migrants, including five women and eight minors, were taken to a reception center on the capital's outskirts.

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