Police search for illegal immigrants after break-out

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Greek police are searching for a group of illegal immigrants who escaped after smashing windows of a police bus while being deported to Turkey.

Greek police are searching for a group of illegal immigrants who escaped after smashing windows of a police bus while being deported to Turkey.

Two police officers had been escorting the bus carrying 30 immigrants - Iraqi Kurds and Pakistanis - from Athens late on Monday.

One of the immigrants asked the driver to pull over so he could use a bathroom near the town of Kastro, about 36 miles northeast of Athens. As soon as the bus stopped, the immigrants smashed windows and used the emergency exit to escape, authorities said.

By early today, police had managed to catch 25 of the immigrants, police said.

Tens of thousands of people from Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East sneak into to European Union member Greece each year. If caught, most face deportation to the last country they passed through before entering Greece.

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