Bosnians Demand EU Help After Migrants Stab Local Man Near Border

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by A.P.

Bosnians have called for help from the European Union as tensions escalate between migrants and locals after a camp burned down near the border with EU member-state Croatia.

Hundreds of migrants, some claiming to come from “occupied Kashmir”, have been left without shelter after the destruction of the Lipa migrant camp near the town of Bihać late last month. Now, many migrants lack proper protection as winter approaches in the Muslim-majority country, which borders the European Union.

While the EU has promised cash to help the migrants, some allege that local officials pocket the money for themselves. Tensions have also risen between migrants and people in the town after two Moroccans stabbed a local, German tabloid Bild reports.

Following the camp’s destruction, a number of migrants have been living in abandoned houses in Bihać. While some media have claimed the stabbing victim tried to extort money from the two Moroccans who attacked him, the victim’s cousin said he simply wanted to clarify something with the men.