Spate of bomb hoax calls in Bulgaria continues

The series of fake bomb warning phone calls in Bulgaria continued on November 28 2012 with a hoax call that led to the evacuation of a disco in the city of Veliko Turnovo.

The spate of hoax calls began on November 19 when there were phone “warnings” of bombs at a number of schools in Bulgarian capital city Sofia. These calls led to school closures and large-scale police deployments – and in recent days, the arrests of about 15 teenagers from various schools.

On November 27, for the second time in two weeks, Sofia City Court was closed after a bomb warning phone call by as-yet unidentified man. The call on November 27, to emergency number 112, also led to the closure of Sofia Regional Court, as a precaution. Checks to establish whether was a bomb proceeded for three hours, local media reports said.

On November 26, a shopping mall in Sofia was evacuated for a second time in two days because of a bomb threat made by a woman caller. Another mall was evacuated on November 23 because of a hoax call, also by a woman.

The National Directorate for Combating Organised Crime has been called in to investigate the spate of bomb hoax calls but was making no comment about its investigations.

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