Bulgarian Citizens Fighting On IS Side, Defence Minister Says

Politics | October 30, 2014, Thursday // 15:23
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Citizens Fighting On IS Side, Defence Minister Says Photo: EPA/BGNES

Bulgaria's caretaker Defence Minister Velizar Shalamanov admitted there are Bulgarian citizens fighting on the side of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation, reports Mediapool.bg.

“We have information from our allies that there are Bulgarian citizens fighting for the IS,” Shalamanov said. “This is very alarming.”

He, however, refused to divulge any more details.

Many Western countries have already admitted that there are holders of their passports who fight for the IS. The UN has urged all countries to criminalise the participation of their citizens in various extremist groups, as well as enlisting others and sponsoring such organisations.

Many countries already did so, but Bulgaria is not among them, though recently caretaker Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov proposed law amendments in this regard.

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