A Turkish municipal worker was detained in Greece on May 2 after he accidentally crossed the border, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
Recep Gürkan, mayor of northwestern border province of Edirne, said the incident occurred after the municipality had asked for a digger to construct a water well at the Pazarkule Border Gate with Greece.
Musa Alerik accidentally crossed the border while driving the digger and was detained in the Greek border city of Orestiada, Gürkan said.
The necessary procedure to secure the release of the Turkish worker has been launched, he added.
Deputy Mayor Selçuk Çakır said Alerik was trying to maneuver backwards in the buffer zone and accidentally crossed into Greek territory.
“A water well has been dug on the Turkish side. It is related to water transportation to the buildings and troops here. Our friend came here to dig a ditch but he entered Greek territory instead of the customs area while trying to maneuver backwards,”Çakır added.