A man was killed after police officers fired warning shots during scuffles on the border with Turkey when a bullet is said to have ricocheted, the Guardian reports. An Afghan man was shot trying to cross into Bulgaria from Turkey late on Thursday and died on his way to the hospital, the interior ministry has said. “A big group of illegal migrants attempted to enter Bulgaria from Turkey. One man suffered a gunshot wound in the incident and died on the way to the hospital,” an interior ministry spokeswoman told AFP. The incident happened near the south-eastern Bulgarian town of Sredets on Thursday evening, she said, adding that the dead man was from Afghanistan.
Public BNR radio cited the interior ministry’s chief of staff, Georgy Kostov, as saying that the group of 50 people – all from Afghanistan – was intercepted by a patrol of two border guards and a police officer after crossing into Bulgarian territory. “They put up resistance during the arrest. One of the officers fired warning shots and, in his words, one of the migrants was wounded by a ricochet and later died,” Kostov told the radio. He did not confirm initial allegations that the group was armed.
The Burgas regional prosecution had opened an investigation, Kostov added. This is the first serious incident in the European Union’s non-Schengen zone member, Bulgaria, which has so far been bypassed by displaced people on their way to western Europe.