Bulgarian NCO Sent Home after Incident in Afghanistan

Politics | November 26, 2007, Monday // 00:00

A non-commissioned officer from the Bulgarian contingent in Afghanistan has been sent home after an incident involving firearms, which resulted in the wounding of a French serviceman.

Hristian Petrov has failed to observe the handling regulations regarding personal firearms and accidentally fired his Makarov pistol, the Bulgarian Defence Ministry said in a statement.

The French serviceman was wounded in the hip, but his life is not in danger.

Petrov will also be put on probation for a year, the ministry said.

Bulgaria has 400 servicemen in Afghanistan, their bulk ensuring security at the Kandahar airport, as well as several medical crews.

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