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Another body found near Polish-Belarusian border

On Sunday, the bodies of three people were found near the Belarusian border, with the prosecutor’s office investigating the case, the Border Guard announced on Twitter on Sunday. Furthermore another deceased immigrant was found near the village of Frącki. A deceased immigrant woman was also found on the Belarusian side of the border. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Sunday evening.

“The bodies of three people who tried to cross the border illegally were found in the border region. While on the Belarusian side, the body of a woman. I have talked with the head of the Border Guard, General Tomasz Praga, and Interior and Administration Minister, Mariusz Kamiński,” the head of the government wrote on Facebook.

The Prime Minister emphasised that the services and the prosecutor’s office are trying to explain the circumstances of the tragic event. “The possible connection between these dramatic events and the provocative actions taking place on our eastern border so far needs to be investigated,” he noted.

The head of the government also said that he would attend a briefing with service representatives on Monday morning. “We will keep you informed,” he assured.

Belarusian government media claim that the deceased woman was part of a six person group consisting of a man, an older woman and three children. According to the Belarusian Border Forces Committee these people were turned away from the Polish border and back to Belarus by Polish officers.

Earlier on Sunday morning the Polish Border Guard saved eight illegal immigrants stuck in the swamps, seven of whom were taken to hospitals.

On Saturday, the Border Guard recorded 324 attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border. Since September, the Border Guard has recorded over 3,800 such attempts.

A state of emergency has been in force since September 2 in the border zone with Belarus, i.e. in part of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces, covering 183 towns. It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers.

Government officials justify the need to introduce a state of emergency on the border with Belarus, based on Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime waging a “hybrid war” and the Russian Zapad-21 military exercises, which occurred between September 10 and 16.

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