Afghan Asylum Seeker Shot Dead by Bulgaria Border Police

An Afghan asylum seeker was shot dead by a border guard when he was trying to enter Bulgaria from Turkey.

Bulgarian police. File Photo

Bulgarian police. File Photo

The man was with a group of some 50 people, all believed to be from Afghanistan, near the town of Sredets in South Eastern Bulgaria.

The man, whose details have not been released, died on the way to the hospital.

“Our border patrol of border guards and police in the area had stumbled on 50 offenders, who illegally entered the country,”  an official of the Interior Ministry said on national radio.

He said the group resisted arrest and one of  the officers fired warning shots. He said the migrant was wounded by a “ricochet”.

The rest of the group are being detained.

The incident comes as EU leaders agreed to a a unified approach to securing the EU’s external border, by giving a bigger profile to the European border agency, Frontex.

Most migrants wanting to cross to Europe from Turkey normally choose the sea crossing and then push north via the Western Balkans but more people are attempting the overland route to Bulgaria over recent weeks.

The border with Sredets where an Afghan man was shot dead by border police. Photo: Google Maps

The border with Sredets where an Afghan man was shot dead by border police. Photo: Google Maps