IntMin Deploys Gendarmerie to Bulgaria's Lom after Clash Involving Roma

Politics » DOMESTIC | July 17, 2015, Friday // 17:05
Bulgaria: IntMin Deploys Gendarmerie to Bulgaria's Lom after Clash Involving Roma Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova. Photo: BGNES

Police and gendarmerie forces were deployed to the Mladenovo neighbourhood of the Bulgarian town of Lom on Friday after a clash between local and Roma residents left several people injured.

Six Roma youths, who were coming home after a wedding, attacked a woman suffering from epilepsy and started to swear and shout insults at her, private bTV station reports.

A relative of the woman rushed to help her, entering into a fight with the Roma and later pulling out an air gun.

The man shot three of the Roma attackers, who were admitted to hospital and were later discharged after they underwent examination.

All participants in the clash testified to the police, while the gendarmerie guarded the neighbourhood in order to prevent the escalation of tension.

Later on Friday, Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova assured that the situation has been brought under control.

Bachvarova added that there was no threat for those affected and the interior ministry will continue to monitor the situation in the town.

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