A total of 70 migrants who were struggling to breathe were rescued from a minivan by the gendarmerie in the eastern province of Van on Oct. 4.
The minivan was stopped as part of the authorities' efforts on preventing migrant smuggling and human trafficking, Van Governor's Office said.
While two of the migrants were found dead inside the overcrowded vehicle, the remaining 70 migrants were held by the security teams.
The migrants included 37 Pakistani, 33 Afghan and two Iraqi nationals.
At least three human smuggling suspects, identified by the initials as Ç.Ö., Ş.H. and H.Ö., were detained.
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