Bulgaria Steps up Border Controls after Paris Attacks, Detains 280 Illegal Migrants

Politics » DOMESTIC | November 15, 2015, Sunday // 14:39
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Steps up Border Controls after Paris Attacks, Detains 280 Illegal Migrants A 10-km long queue of heavy trucks formed at Kapitan Andreevo crossing at Bulgaria's border with Turkey on November 15, 2015 after the government in Sofia stepped up border checks following deadly attacks in Paros. Photo BGNES

Police have detained 280 foreign nationals illegally residing in Bulgaria following Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris.

Police and security agency DANS launched a joint operation in the regions lying on the route of illegal migrants crossing from Turkey and entering Serbia: Burgas, Yambol, Haskovo, Pazardzhik, Vratza, Montana and Vidin.

Eleven people suspected of people smuggling have been detained in the course of the operation, the Interior Ministry said.

The Interior Ministry also announced that travelers could expect delays to their travel plans due to the introduction of 100-percent control at Bulgaria’s borders which form part of the EU’s external border.

Increased controls will delay the processing of documents at the country’s borders with Turkey, Macedonia and Serbia, as well as Sofia International Airport, the ministry said.



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