Interior Ministry chief: No specific threat to Bulgaria

Bulgaria reacted to information about the March 22 terrorist attack in Brussels by immediately taking several actions, including stepping up border control, to avoid potential threats to the country, Interior Ministry chief secretary Georgi Kostov said on March 23.

A special police operation was launched, including stepping up police presence at places where people gathered in large numbers, such as sports events. Additional security was deployed at critical infrastructure, Kostov said.

However, he underlined, as Interior Minister Roumyana Buchvarova had said the previous day, that there was no specific threat to the country.

The operational headquarters, which held a meeting on the afternoon of March 22, chaired by Buchvarova, analysed the security environment and found “definitely after yesterday there is a change in the security environment in Bulgaria, as part of Europe, definitely there is a real potential risk but no specific threat was identified”.

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