Bulgarian Interior Minister: No specific terrorist threat in Bulgaria ahead of New Year’s Eve

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There is no specific information of a terrorist threat in Bulgaria ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations, Interior Minister Roumyana Buchvarova said on December 30.

At the same time, the country is maintaining a “code yellow” level of alertness, the second of four such levels, with increased security measures.

Expanded security measures will cover inspections of baggage at airports, railway stations, bus stations, and checks of passengers and vehicles.

Police presence is being stepped up in cities and at Bulgaria’s winter resorts.

People are being urged to report any suspicious people or activities to Bulgarias’ security services immediately. This can be done by contacting emergency number 112 or the National Counterterrorism Centre.

Buchvarova said that there would be intensified checks on baggage, identity documents and vehicles.

At major public New Year’s celebrations, people will not be admitted if they are visibly intoxicated, or have glass bottles or fireworks.

Buchvarova announced the code yellow level of alertness after a December 30 meeting of the advisory council on security.

The enhanced security measures are being put in place against the background of the terrorist attack in Berlin and in connection with the anti-terrorism law recently approved by Bulgaria’s Parliament.

/Panorama

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