Bulgarian border police detains 7 illegal migrants, rescue ops required
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Bulgarian border police detains 7 illegal migrants, rescue ops required

A helicopter of the Specialized Air Surveillance Team participated in the activities carried out in the area of responsibility of the Regional Police Directorate – Elhovo. | wikimedia

In the course of a specialized police operation, officers of the Border Police Directorate General seized 7 migrants who attempted to enter illegally the country, said the Ministry of Interior press center.

According to sources, the captured are five men and two women, self-identified as Syrians. They tried to enter the Bulgarian territory in the region of the Tundzha river, despite the great power.

A helicopter of the Specialized Air Surveillance Team participated in the activities carried out in the area of responsibility of the Regional Police Directorate – Elhovo.

This required a rescue operation with teams from the General Directorate "Fire Safety and Protection of the Population" from Yambol. The cannabis, an Iraqi citizen who led the group and two Bulgarians who were waiting for her on Bulgarian territory, were also detained.

The case was reported to the Elhovo District Prosecutor's Office. Three pre-trial proceedings were instituted - under Art. 279 - of the illegal migrants, under Art. 280 - to the Iraqi and to Art. 281 - to the Bulgarian citizens.

According to media outlets, the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior’s data said that from January 1, 2017 to the end of October, Bulgarian police detained 656 migrants who tried to enter the country illegally. Most of them were Syrians – 34%, Iraqis – 21% and Afghanis 19.7%. Another 1,616 illegal migrants were apprehended during police operations in the territory of Bulgaria. 32.5% of them were from Afghanistan, followed by Syrians – 27.9% and Iraqis – 14.5%.

During the same period, 2,283 migrants were captured while attempting to illegally leave Bulgaria on their way to Western Europe. 406 of them (almost 18%) were without Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) registration. Among the people detained since the beginning of the year, the majority were citizens of Afghanistan – 53.8%, Pakistan – 18.1% and Iraq – 14.5%.