Migrant Shot Dead Trying to Enter Bulgaria: Ministry

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Image: Bulgarian border police officers the near Sredets, Bulgaria where a migrant was shot
Bulgarian border police officers observe the area near the town of Sredets where an Afghan migrant was shot dead on Oct. 16, 2015.NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP - Getty Images

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SOFIA — A man traveling with a large group of refugees from Afghanistan was shot by border guards near the southeastern Bulgarian town of Sredets late on Thursday and died on his way to the hospital, the interior ministry said on Friday.

"Our border patrol of border guards and police in the area had stumbled on 50 offenders, who illegally entered the country," Georgi Kostov, the chief secretary of the interior ministry, told national radio (BNR).

Kostov said the group trying to cross were aged between 20 and 30, were "probably" Afghans, and were all detained and in good condition.

"They put up resistance during the arrest. One of the officers fired warning shots and, in his words, one of the migrants was wounded by a ricochet and later died," he said.

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