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The Latest: Hungary to Consider Closing Border with Croatia

The Latest: Hungary to Consider Closing Border with Croatia

Friday, 16 October 2015 04:56 AM

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The latest news as migrants fleeing war or seeking a better life make their way across Europe by the tens of thousands. All times local.

10:50 a.m.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the country's national security cabinet on Friday afternoon will discuss the possible closure of the border with Croatia at all but official crossing points, after his return from Brussels where EU leaders have been discussing ways to stem the flow of migrants.

Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacz says the police are prepared to enforce any decision immediately.

Hungary has built a fence along most of its border with the fellow EU member Croatia after successfully completing a similar barrier toward Serbia last month. That barrier has diverted the flow toward Croatia, from where thousands cross into Hungary daily. More than 380,000 migrants have entered Hungary this year alone, though the vast majority of them have moved on toward the rest of the EU.

10:25 a.m.

Boris Cheshirkov, the Bulgarian representative of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, says in the past three years some 3,100 migrants have died while attempting to reach the European Union, but the incident at the Bulgarian-Turkish border on Thursday was the first case of a fatal shooting on the borders of the EU.

"We are deeply shocked and regret the fatal incident," Cheshirkov said. "We are convinced that barriers, fences and police forces cannot solve the problems of people who are in a desperate situation."

9:50 a.m.

Bulgarian authorities say a man from Afghanistan has been shot dead near the border with Turkey after being hit by a ricochet from a warning shot fired by border police.

Interior Ministry chief of staff Georgi Kostov said that the incident occurred around 10 p.m. on Thursday near the southern city of Sredets.

"A group of 54 people, aged between 20 and 30 - all from Afghanistan - was intercepted by a patrol of two border guards and a police officer after crossing into Bulgarian territory," Kostov told reporters Friday morning.

"One of my colleagues used his personal weapon and fired," Kostov said. As a result of a ricochet, he said, one of the group was injured and later died from his wounds.

The other migrants were detained and taken into custody while an investigation into the case was launched. The men claimed they were from Afghanistan but carried no identification documents.

On learning of the case, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov left the meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels and returned to Bulgaria.

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