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Bulgaria Deploys Army to Border with Greece

Bulgaria has deployed military personnel to the border with Greece after two groups of illegal immigrants, each consisting of more than thirty people, including women and children, attempted to cross into the country late on Friday night and early on Saturday morning. They came from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

Both groups were detained by officers from the border police department in Petrich and Bulgarian authorities are in talks with their Greek counterparts to arrange the return of the migrants.

According to the preliminary devised plan for joint action between the interior and defence ministries, servicemen from the land forces have been deployed to help border police in guarding the state border with Greece.

In relation to the incident, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov convened an extraordinary meeting in Blagoevgrad on Sunday.

There has been heightened military presence at the Kulata border checkpoint.

There is no tension at the border, but the deployment of more police officers is expected to the region as local citizens have been increasingly worried.

(Source: novinite.com, Photo: BGNES)

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