Top security official says Bosnia will up border control

July 25, 2018 - 7:33 am

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia's top security official says the war-ravaged country could deploy army troops to help prevent a mass influx of migrants.

Security Minister Dragan Mektic said Wednesday that Bosnia won't allow itself to become a "hot-spot" where migrants would pile up, unable to move on to Western Europe.

He says authorities might propose changes to the defense laws to allow for military troops to help guard the borders.

Authorities have been struggling with the arrival of thousands of migrants who have turned to Bosnia to avoid more heavily guarded routes through the Balkans.

Mektic says authorities are checking some 30 migrants over potential security threats.

He says "Europe has failed the security test" because migrant movements largely are controlled by organized criminal groups and not official institutions.

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