Bulgarian Border Police intercept 111 people trying to cross Turkish border illegally

Bulgarian Border Police intercept 111 people trying to cross Turkish border illegally

Sofia, August 16, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe

Bulgarian Border Police based in the south-eastern town of Elhovo have prevented four attempts by a total of 111 migrants to cross the Turkish-Bulgarian border illegally, Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said on August 16.

The interceptions happened over the past day, the ministry said.

On August 15, a Border Police patrol from Svilengrad found 11 foreigners close to the border. The foreigners, who had no identity documents, said that they were Syrians. A 30-year-old man from the Bulgarian town of Haskovo, who was with them, was arrested.

At Kapitan Petko Voivoda border checkpoint with Greece, Border Police detained two men entering from Greece in a car, the ministry said.

Staff at the Malko Turnovo border checkpoint detained three foreigners who said that they were from Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, in Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia, the now-routine operation against illegal migration and people-trafficking saw police check close to 200 people. Of these, 153 were taken into custody in district police departments to ascertain their countries of origin. The Interior Ministry said that the 153 were found to have invalid documents.