February 12, 2018

Bulgarian authorities arrest Moroccan suspected of IS ties

Bulgarian authorities have arrested a Moroccan national suspected of ties with the terrorist Islamic State organisation, a local media reported on Monday.

“The man, wanted by Interpol on terrorism related charges, was holding a fake French identity card when he was caught illegally crossing the border from Turkey on Jan. 13 with a group of migrants near Svilengrad,’’ the report said.

According to Interpol, the suspect worked in Islamic State’s department of mechanical engineering attached to the directorate-general of military bearings in Syria.

A court in Haskovo, in southern Bulgaria, ordered a 90-day detention for the suspect, identified only as H.Z.

Bulgaria has become a main entry point for migrants trying reach other EU member states through the officially-closed Balkan route.

Many enter the country through Turkey and continue through Serbia, then attempt to cross the tightly-sealed borders of Hungary or Croatia.