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Bulgaria: 'These people will be found and brought to justice' - Police officer shot dead near Turkish border02:20

Bulgaria: 'These people will be found and brought to justice' - Police officer shot dead near Turkish border

Bulgaria, Elhovo
November 8, 2022 at 19:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Bulgarian police officer was shot and killed by an unidentified person while paroling the border with Turkey on Monday.

The incident occurred near the Bulgarian village of Golyam Dervent, a military serviceman also came under fire but was able to retreat without injuries. Bulgarian authorities believe the shots were fired from the Turkish side of the border.

Footage captured on Tuesday shows the area where the police officer was killed. Petar Todorov, Bulgaria’s Chief of Police and Interior Minister Ivan Demerdjiev were seen arriving at a border police station to speak with journalists.

“The officer pointed a flashlight at where the fence had been cut. A shot was fired from the territory of Turkey at this moment. The colleague was killed by the first shot,” the police chief told journalists.

“We have the assurance of the Turkish authorities that these people will be found and brought to justice,” added the Interior Minister.

The border region has seen an influx of migrants seeking passage into the European Union in recent months, leading locals and authorities to suspect that one or more of the migrants was responsible for the attack.

Bulgaria: 'These people will be found and brought to justice' - Police officer shot dead near Turkish border02:20
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A Bulgarian police officer was shot and killed by an unidentified person while paroling the border with Turkey on Monday.

The incident occurred near the Bulgarian village of Golyam Dervent, a military serviceman also came under fire but was able to retreat without injuries. Bulgarian authorities believe the shots were fired from the Turkish side of the border.

Footage captured on Tuesday shows the area where the police officer was killed. Petar Todorov, Bulgaria’s Chief of Police and Interior Minister Ivan Demerdjiev were seen arriving at a border police station to speak with journalists.

“The officer pointed a flashlight at where the fence had been cut. A shot was fired from the territory of Turkey at this moment. The colleague was killed by the first shot,” the police chief told journalists.

“We have the assurance of the Turkish authorities that these people will be found and brought to justice,” added the Interior Minister.

The border region has seen an influx of migrants seeking passage into the European Union in recent months, leading locals and authorities to suspect that one or more of the migrants was responsible for the attack.