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Home / World News / Greece: 50 migrants rescued after being held hostage by Pakistani agents

Greece: 50 migrants rescued after being held hostage by Pakistani agents

The rescued migrants included 38 Pakistanis, 10 Bangladeshis and two Sri Lankans.

world Updated: May 09, 2018 22:09 IST

Press Trust of India, Thessaloniki (Greece)
Police said many of the rescued men were in bad physical condition, having been given minimal food and water. One man required hospitalisation for pneumonia and dehydration.
Police said many of the rescued men were in bad physical condition, having been given minimal food and water. One man required hospitalisation for pneumonia and dehydration.(AFP/Photo for representation)
         

Greek police say they have rescued 50 migrants who had been held hostage in northern Greece, allegedly by two Pakistani men who were extorting their families for money.

Police said on Wednesday many of the rescued men were in bad physical condition, having been given minimal food and water. One man required hospitalisation for pneumonia and dehydration.

The migrants — 38 Pakistanis, 10 Bangladeshis and two Sri Lankans — had been held in a complex of abandoned buildings east of the city of Thessaloniki, where most had been brought six days ago, although some were more recent arrivals.

Authorities were alerted to their plight by relatives who received demands for money for them to be released.

Two Pakistani men were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and blackmail, among other charges.