Large scale police operation at Landen at Vertrijk stations

Police staged a large-scale operation against people smugglers and transit migrants at two stations in the East of Flemish Brabant on Monday night. The operation took place at the station in the town of Landen and in the nearby village of Vertrijk. A total of 29 people that are in the country illegally were detained.  

Three local police services (Landen/Linter/Zoutleeuw, Bierbeek/Boutersem/Holsbeek/Lubbeek and Leuven) took part in the operation that was conducted under the watchful eye of the Federal Secretary of State responsible for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken (Flemish nationalist).

Serge Vanbrabant of the Landen/Linter/Zoutleeuw Local Police Service told Radio 2 Flemish Brabant that "They were also taken to police cells by officers of the Leuven Local Police Service.”

“In the meantime 18 transit migrants have been taken to a secure migrant facility”, Mr Vanbrabant added.