The Latest: 2 hurt as Croatian police fire at migrant van
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local):
Croatian police say two migrant children have been wounded when police opened fire at a van carrying 29 people whose driver attempted to break a police blockade.
Police said that the incident happened in a forested, hilly area near the border with Bosnia late on Wednesday.
Police spokesman Elis Zodan said Thursday police tried to stop the van twice before setting up a blockade. He says officers opened fire when the driver sped toward them.
Zodan says the suspected people smuggler has fled the scene. He said the wounded 12-year-olds’ lives are not in danger, and seven more people in the van were injured apparently as a result of reckless driving
Zodan says most of the migrants come from Afghanistan and Iraq. They are among thousands trying to reach Western Europe through the Balkans.
The far-right Alternative for Germany party is calling for a parliamentary investigation into the government’s handling of the migrant crisis in 2015.
The party, which came third in last year’s national election, wants parliament to determine whether Chancellor Angela Merkel broke the law by refusing to shut Germany’s borders to refugees.
Hundreds of thousands of people streamed into the country during the fall of 2015, most of them fleeing war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The influx eventually resulted in more than a million asylum requests in Germany, putting a strain on the country’s resources and inflaming anti-migrant sentiment among sections of the population.
Alternative for Germany co-leader Alexander Gauland said Thursday he hoped the motion would get support from the pro-business Free Democrats and conservative sections of Merkel’s bloc.