Serbian Hunter Suspected of Shooting Afghan Migrant Dead near Pirot

Southeast Europe | August 24, 2016, Wednesday // 16:33|  views

Members of the Army of Serbia and the members of the special police forces called Gendarmerie are patrolling, trying to prevent the entry of illegal migrants at the border between Serbia and Bulgaria, near the town Vlasina (400 km from Belgrade) in Serbia

An irregular Afghan migrant has been shot dead in Serbia after crossing the border from Bulgaria, possibly by a hunter, the Defence Ministry in Belgrade has announced.

A joint army and police patrol on a routine mission on a road near the city of Pirot heard a shot around 9pm on Tuesday and then came across six migrants, one of whom had a gunshot wound to his chest, the Serbian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The patrol also found four hunters on the scene.

When doctors arrived, they could only register the death of the 20-year old migrant, a citizen of Afghanistan, according to the statement.

One of the hunters, a resident of Pirot, was detained in police custody for 48 hours on suspicion he had shot the migrant.

Serbia deployed joint army and police patrols at the country’s borders with Bulgaria and Macedonia last month to control the inflow of irregular migrants. Most of the migrants aim to reach Hungary via Serbia and continue their journey north to wealthier EU states.

 


Tags: Bulgaria, Serbia, pirot, border, army, police, hunters

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