ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A minivan of refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran exploded in eastern Turkey, killing 17 people, state news agency Anadolu said Friday.
The 14-passenger bus carried more than 50 foreign nationals when it hit a lamppost and caught fire after the driver lost control in the eastern province of Igdir, Anadolu said.
A second truck carrying migrants also followed close behind and hit some of those who fell off the first bus, Anadolu said.
The authorities arrested the 13 people in the second truck with their driver, it said.
"It has saddened us that migrant smuggling, which is common in our province, ended in a traffic accident," said Igdir Governor Enver Unlu, Anadolu said.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and other countries have come via Turkey to Greece and on to Europe in recent years. Hundreds died in the attempt.