Fake Bomb Alert Closes Sofia Blvd

Crime | May 2, 2006, Tuesday // 00:00
Fake Bomb Alert Closes Sofia Blvd Police cordoned off the area around a purse suspiciously left unattended at a Sofia boulevard. The bomb alert appeared to be fake. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia News Agency)

A stylish purse left unattended triggered a fake bomb alert closing an underpass at a much visited Sofia boulevard.

Police cordoned off the area at Bulgaria Blvd. for about an hour until confirming the safety of the bag.

Hours after the operation, the Interior Ministry officially said that a Libyan was seized at the site while videoshooting the police in action. His identity was confirmed, it added, but no further information on the reasons and motives of the man were revealed.

In the words of Minister Petkov the case could be defined as provocation or that is to see the readiness of the police how they react in such situations.

Personal belongings left unattended at jammed public places have often caused disturbance to traffic until police checks their safety.

Catching on the opportunity, Minister Petkov appealed to Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev and Finance Minister Plamen Oresharski to allot more finances for video observation at public places like these.

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