Because of Berlin Terror Attack: Bulgaria Stepping up Security for New Year’s Eve

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Bulgarian Police will take measures against terror attacks on New Year’s Eve in the center of Sofia. These will affect Alexander Battenberg Square, located in front of the Ivan Vazov Theater, and, to a lesser extent, the entire city center.

Police, both in uniform and civilian clothes, will be searching anyone looking suspicious. People carrying large bags or packages will not be admitted to certain areas.

Also, there will be several police checkpoints in some areas. Roads leading to the square will be blocked, using police vehicles, barricades, metal fences and “heavy security equipment” of different kinds.

Stopping and parking cars will be forbidden in the very center of Sofia.

The security measures which were announced, and probably some unannounced ones, partially took effect yesterday. Others will be enforced during these days, leading up to New Year’s Eve.

All of this has to do with the general danger of terrorist attacks in Europe. Also, authorities in many countries across the continent, including Bulgaria, fear more attacks of the kind the world saw in Nice and Berlin this year, in which people were murdered by truck drivers, who steered heavy vehicles into crowds.

At least so far, the only Islamist terror attack on Bulgarian soil occurred on July 18th, 2012, when six people were murdered by a suicide bomber at Burgas Airport. Five of the victims were Israelis, one was Bulgarian.

By Imanuel Marcus

In cooperation with The Sofia Globe




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