Sofia Police after Man of Arab Origin Who Stabbed Shop Assistant

Crime | November 2, 2013, Saturday // 19:54| Views: | Comments: 3
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Police are looking for a man of Arab origin who stabbed a shop assistant in Sofia in an attempt for an armed robbery, according to reports of the Interior Ministry.

The incident happened on Pirotska Street in Sofia at around 2 am on Saturday.

In a small grocery store, the shop assistant saw that a man was trying to steal something.

As she tried to stop him, he attacked her with a knife, stabbing her over 20 times.

The wounded shop assistant, a 20-year old girl, suffered multiple cuts to the head and arms.

She is undergoing treatment at the Pirogov hospital and is not in a life-threatening condition.

Police took immediate steps to find the offender.

A police operation to arrest the attacker is currently underway in Sofia and the prosecuting authority has been informed about the case.

Svetlozar Lazarov, Chief Secretary of the Interior, made clear that the identity of the attacker had been established and he was to be arrested.

He added that a certain amount of money had been stolen from the grocery store.

According to information of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), the attacker was born in North Africa and entered Bulgaria more than 6 months ago.

Mass police inspections of refugees living outside accommodation centers in Sofia were launched on Saturday.

Meanwhile, nationalist party VMRO staged a protest on Pirotska Street.

The protesters issued an ultimatum to the government, saying that unless it managed to clear the country of illegal immigrants in a week, they would take matters into their hands.

"Starting today, I renounce any responsibility for events that may take place and for Syrian victims," said Angel Dzhambazki, Deputy Chair of the party and Sofia Municipal Councilor.

He announced that a protest would start at 1 pm on Sunday in front of the National Palace of Culture (NDK) and asked people to bring white sheets of paper with the name of the stabbed shop assistant.

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sa-sha - 3 Nov 2013 // 13:02:45

...Humanism goes first, sure, but, Mat, "14 billion euro in the next 6 years" is the Possibility, while 5,000+ refugees in Bg today is the Reality (with the alarming trend to the fast growth, which will be hardly compensated even by the above potential 14 bln), and also: what about EU leading States' reluctance to the "fresh wave" of refugees? Why not to spent the promised to Bg money for accomodating that miserable people on their territories (in France,
Germany, Denmark, GB...)?

Mat - 3 Nov 2013 // 12:09:26

The government is merely fulfilling its legal responsibilities as a Member State - for which it gets 14 billion euro in the next 6 years. Giving a school with no windows or heating to a few hundred homeless people fleeing for their lives whilst their country burns is not much to ask in exchange.

And at 2 am I'd like to know how they could make out the difference between an Arab and a gypsy or a Turk or any swarthy person.

Its time for Bulgarians to stop being so closed minded and racist.

JUSTME - 3 Nov 2013 // 11:09:54

Ok, so let the government now tell us more lies how we need to "help"all there so called refugees in Europe's poorest country. This is getting to be ridiculous. Why the government is not doing what the people want, they only do what these golden refugees want and need. We have no voice. We already have enough problems with Gypsy integration, and now we need to deal with Arabs and Africans? Come on, if these people are coming to invest or visit as tourists they are welcome, but if coming to put us further under the ground, they are not welcome, and can go back the direction they came from. With our government Bulgaria is a sinking boat. We just make the sinking faster by letting more and more people on this boat.

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