Kotyli border police on Monday arrested a 42-year-old Syrian national on the Xanthi-Kavala stretch of the Egnatia highway, who was driving a stolen truck belonging to an Athens-based movers' company with five illegal migrants on board.

The Syrian, who had requested political asylum from Greece, was arrested after a chase during which a traffic accident occured, and the five illegal migrants, citizens of Afghanistan and Pakistan, were detained.

Also, another three migrants from Iraq were detained in a private car who were acting as 'scouts' for the truck driver for possible police checks along the way.