Colombia detains 16 Pakistanis trying to reach US

Colombian authorities detained 16 Pakistani nationals who illegally entered the country and were trying to reach the United States, immigration officials said Friday.

Bogota: Colombian authorities detained 16 Pakistani nationals who illegally entered the country and were trying to reach the United States, immigration officials said Friday.

Initial investigations found the Pakistanis had come from Brazil and planned to travel more than 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) to the US via Panama and then through Central America, immigration spokesman Juan Caicedo told AFP.

The group, picked up in the Colombian city of Medellin as they were boarding a bus to another town, were being led by a "guide" who had been paid to get them through the country.

He was accused of being a people smuggler, and the other 15 Pakistanis were taken to a humanitarian center.
 

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