Bulgarian Police Claim ‘Theft’ Was Motive for Attack on SyriansCrime | December 2, 2013, Monday // 12:32| views
Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry believes that “theft” was the motive for the latest brutal attack on Syrian nationals in the capital.
Two Syrian asylum seekers were assaulted by a group of over 20 men armed with knives and chains in Sofia late on Sunday, with local media reporting that a third foreign national escaped the attack.
The victims were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The assailants reportedly stole some BGN 1000 (EUR 500) from the asylum-seekers.
“Criminologists from the Sofia Directorate of the Interior Ministry are working towards identifying the perpetrators of a theft,” an Interior Ministry said in a press release on Monday.
Bulgaria has seen a massive increase in xenophobic attacks over the past few weeks, with recent incidents including the stabbings of an 18-year-old Malian boy and a 17-year-old Syrian national in Sofia.
Last week, Chief Prosecutors requested increased police presence in downtown Sofia in order to prevent the so-called "civil patrols” organized by ultranationalist extremist groups.
The leaders of the "patrols" have claimed they seek to "protect" Sofianites from foreigners.
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