Panels for Bulgarian – Turkish border fence stolen

Bulgarian authorities are investigating the theft of 20 panels intended for the extended Bulgarian – Turkish border fence.

Each panel is four metres by 70cm and weighs 80kg. The metal panels are galvanised.

The theft occurred between the Svilengrad villages of Matochina and Varnik.

Haskovo governor Stanislav Dechev told public broadcaster Bulgarian National Radio that the absence of the panels will not stop completion of the construction of the section of the fence due to be ready by June 15.

The 33km section of the fence in the Haskovo region is a 26 million leva (about 13 million euro) project.

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