MALANG (Indonesia), July 6 (Bernama) -- A total of 121 illegal immigrants from several countries in the Arab peninsula and the Middle Eastern region have been caught in Sendangbiru coast in Malang, East Java, while preparing to cross to Australia, Indonesia's Antara reported.
The chief of the local marine police unit, First Inspector Slamet Prayitno said here on Friday that the immigrants from Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, were on a boat to Australia when they were caught by a joint team of policy, army and navy personnel.
"They are planning to continue their journey to Australia by boat but the boat malfunctioned. They arrived here last night from Blitar by car," a navy member, second lieutenant assistant Suliadi, said.
The chief of the Sumbermanjing Wetan police sector, Adjunct Police Commissioner Farid Fathoni, meanwhile, said the illegal immigrants were first detected while walking on the coast of Sendangbiru.
"We are trying to send them immediately to the Class I Immigration Office in Malang," he said.