Traffickers caught transporting the group to Baghdad

Iraqi intelligence agents intercept 20 Afghan and Pakistani nationals

KIRKUK, December 21 — Iraqi intelligence agents have detained 20 individuals in Kirkuk, all identified as Afghan and Pakistani nationals.

The detentions were prompted by a tip about supposed human traffickers attempting to transport the foreign nationals to Baghdad via Kirkuk, according to Iraqi News Agency. Prosecutors in Kirkuk reportedly intervened, leading to the arrest of the suspects.

Sources indicate that intelligence units in Kirkuk, acting on a tip, intercepted the foreign nationals aboard a truck. Additionally, two Iraqi cyclists, involved in the transportation of the foreigners to Baghdad, were also taken into custody.

The Federal Intelligence and Investigation Agency confirmed it would pursue legal action against the suspects. The detainees have also been handed over to the judiciary.