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RAF MILDENHALL, England — Three Iraqi men found last week in the back of a truck entering an American base in England are seeking asylum and are not terrorists, a local newspaper reported over the weekend.

The three were found as a truck carrying aircraft parts tried to enter RAF Mildenhall on June 29, according to the East Anglia Daily Times.

The British Immigration Service is currently interviewing the men, who are not considered a threat, although they probably entered the country illegally.

“Security fears surrounding the men were quickly eliminated,” Patrick Nealon, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence police told the newspaper.

“It was clear the men had not eaten for some time and appeared to have been traveling for several days.”

On the same day, eight men were detained at nearby Barton Mills after a member of the public saw them climb from a truck on the A11 highway. That group, four Iraqis and four Iranians, also have claimed asylum, the paper reported. Two men have been arrested in that incident on suspicion of conveying illegal immigrants, the paper added.

Armed guards at RAF Mildenhall, home of the 100th Air Refueling Wing, found the three Iraqis during a routine vehicle inspection. The truck had traveled from Germany and the driver was thought to be unaware of his human cargo, the MOD police said.

“[U.S. Air Force] staff treated them very well and gave them food and water before they were handed over to immigration officials,” Nealon said.


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