ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) - Police arrested two Croats who smuggled four Kosovo Albanians to neighboring Slovenia, a European Union country, over the weekend, officials said Monday.
One of the Croats guided the Albanians into Slovenia on foot across a river, but they were caught by Slovene police in a border village. The Albanians were deported back to Croatia and Croatian police then captured the smugglers, Zagreb police said.
The two, who were not identified, are suspected of bringing the Albanians from Kosovo to Croatia and trying to smuggle them into the EU.
Kosovo, a southern Serbian province, has been run by the United Nations since the 1999 war, but job opportunities there remain few and living conditions are harsh.
Croatia is at the edge of Western Europe and is on a transit route for immigrants trying to reach it. The country has recently increased efforts to clamp down on human trafficking as it seeks to join the EU.