Bulgaria's 'Galeria' Blast Probe Reported at Dead-end

Crime | February 16, 2011, Wednesday // 13:02|  views

The blast in downtown Sofia, aimed at the Galeria paper, left the surrounding buildings with broken windows. Photo by BGNES

The investigation in the last-week blast in the offices of the anti-government Galeria weekly had not found any eyewitnesses, the Bulgarian National Television, BNT, reported Wednesday.

The national police operation in the case concluded Tuesday without finding a trace of the perpetrator, but discovered the blast had not been set "professionally." The conclusion relates only to the characteristics of the bomb, and does not exclude the possibility that some very well-prepared individuals have organized the attack.

A professional explosion means a device that would be the work of a top-notch expert and not a common criminal. The paradox in the investigation is that the bomb was home-made, but the perpetrators have worked as professionals in placing it.

For example, they have chosen to use trotyl (TNT) and a fuse in order to not leave traces in mobile phone operators' cells. Such traces would be existent if the bomb had been activated by a phone ring. The perpetrators were also very clever in avoiding all cameras and eyewitnesses.

According to BNT, the official probe of the explosion is, at least for now, at a dead-end.

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