Police rescue 14 Pakistan migrants detained by compatriots

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GRA030 MELILLA, 22/10/2014.- Agentes de Policía junto a algunos de los ochenta inmigrantes que están encaramados desde primera hora a la valla de Melilla, fronteriza con Marruecos, tras el último intento de entrar en la ciudad autonóma protagonizado por varios centenares de subsaharianos, algunos de los cuales, al menos una docena, ha conseguido superar el vallado perimetral. EFE/Francisco G. Guerrero

THESSALONIKI: Police in Thessaloniki city located in northern Greece said that they freed 14 Pakistan migrants held captive by five compatriots of theirs who demanded money for their release.

All 14 men had crossed into Greece over its land border with Turkey on Tuesday. They had paid 1,500 euros ($1,790) each for the trip but were nonetheless taken to an isolated house outside Thessaloniki and held, with their captors demanding another 450 euros ($537) from each to release them.

One of the captives managed to escape Friday and told police that their captors threatened them, and occasionally beat them, with iron bars.

Police raided the house Saturday and captured a 17 and a 34-year-old among the captors. The other three are still at large.