Bulgaria Might Deploy Troops to Patrol Streets of Sofia

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria Might Deploy Troops to Patrol Streets of Sofia Bulgarian Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev. Photo: BGNES

Bulgarian Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev did not exclude the possibility of deploying servicemen to patrol the streets of the capital.

This was one of the scenarios exercised during the large-scale anti-terror training of the police and army held in Sofia on Tuesday night and the early hours on Wednesday.

Nenchev noted that the deployment of joint patrols of police officers and troops has become increasingly common on the streets of European capitals after the latest terrorist attacks.

If the need arises, Bulgaria might deploy such patrols on the streets of Sofia, the minister added.

The anti-terror training, which had been planned two months ago, was aimed at assessing the capacity of the interior and defence ministries and other state institutions to react in the event of crisis situation.

The training was held in the area of the National Palace of Culture (NDK) in downtown Sofia and Konstantin Velichkov underground station on Sofia metro line 1.

Witnesses of the training expressed their discontent on social media as passers-by had been detained and their identity documents checked only because they had happened to be in the areas at the time of the training.

The interior and defence ministries had informed of the training beforehand, but had not specified its exact location.

The interior ministry apologised for any inconvenience caused to citizens and thanked for the understanding demonstrated by them.

They explained that citizens have been detained according to the instructions issued to the people in charge of the training.

The aim of the training was to recreate as realistic as possible situations and even the crews themselves did not know the exact location of their deployment.

The chief secretary of the interior ministry Georgi Kostov admitted the initial plan had not foreseen informing the media of the training.

However in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Brussels it was decided to inform the society so that no additional panic is created.

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Rurik - 26 Mar 2016 // 18:27:01

Seedy, Priam of the perfect English grammar Troy;) Do you hear him, people? "They fight for their beliefs"!
And it is not about the Muslim refugees' faith only, it is, first of all, about our "multicultural" idiocy, right Seedy is. This idiocy will transform Europe either into Caliphate either into "Heil, Hitler!" land. The History and Karl Marx together with Friedrich Engels ("Manifesto", Chapter IV) insist on it. No? Wait, I'll submit - together with another glass of Beefeater - some evidences ;)

Seedy - 26 Mar 2016 // 08:00:03

The problem is that "our civilisation" seems intent on destroying itself and is only "better" because theirs is so abysmal; at least "they" fight for their beliefs while the West wrings its PC hands and drivels on about multiculturalism.

Fr Jack Hackett - 25 Mar 2016 // 10:20:21

Well lets hope that these troops can do more than their counterparts in western europe. A slap on the wrist, or a sit down over a cup of tea with terrorists just doesnt make ordinary ciitizens safe from those who are intent on destroying our civilization

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