Bulgarian Rangers Prevent Entry Attempt of Afghan AirportDefense | April 6, 2011, Wednesday // 13:07| views
A total of 600 Bulgarian soldiers and medical staff are currently stationed in Afghanistan in Kabul and Kandahar. Photo by BGNES
Bulgarian rangers, serving in Afghanistan, have prevented an attempt of an unlawful entry at the Kabul Airport, the Bulgarian Defense Ministry informs Wednesday.
Around 6:15 am, Bulgarian time, a civilian has attempted to penetrate inside the airport through the external fence of the "Shipka" watch-post.
The Bulgarian servicemen on duty have fired several warning shots in the air and later apprehended the violator.
A total of 600 Bulgarian soldiers and medical staff are currently stationed in Afghanistan in Kabul and Kandahar.
The worst incident with Bulgarian soldiers in Afghanistan to date occurred in January 2010, when four Bulgarians were wounded in a Taliban rocket attack, with one of them subsequently losing his hand. The incident coincided with the visit to the base of then Bulgarian Defense Minister and now Foreign Affairs Minister, Nikolay Mladenov.
In 2010, Bulgaria increased its Afghanistan contingent as part of the ISAF/NATO forces to 600 troops; half are stationed at the Kandahar airport.