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Turkey arrests two suspects in killing of Bulgarian border officer

Turkish security forces arrested two suspects in connection with the shooting death at the border of Bulgaria and Turkey of a Bulgarian officer.

Ivan Demerdzhiev, Bulgaria’s Interior Minister, stated that the officer was killed trying to cross from Turkey into Bulgaria. Turkey is a member country of the European Union.

Edirne is a Turkish border province. The governor’s office stated that the suspects owned a shotgun and the shells used during the shooting. The statement didn’t provide further information.

Demerdzhiev said that shots were fired on Monday night from Turkish territory at a border officer, and a soldier who were patrolling a section of the country’s southeast frontier, near Golyam Dervent.


An officer from the police department was on the border fence inspecting it when he died. Officials in Bulgaria claim that the officer was not hurt and that he returned fire after receiving about 10 shots. The suspected migrants fled.

Dermendzhiev ran to the scene and declared: “This incident is a criminality and extreme aggression.”

He stated, “From now on, we won’t be complacent toward anyone who endangers the life or health of our officers.”


At this point, it was not clear how large the group was or if any of them opened fire upon the soldier and officer.

Dermendzhiev said that Turkish authorities had agreed to cooperate with him, to find the perpetrators and that he would also request them to combat human trafficking more actively.

Bulgaria sent 350 troops to the border with Turkey in order to combat the influx of migrants.

Bulgaria is on the main route that migrants from Afghanistan or the Middle East use in order to enter the European Union. Many migrants do not intend to stay in the poorest country in the bloc and instead seek out wealthier countries in West Europe.

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