(BULGARIA) JUST IN: At least 46 people, including 12 children, have died after a bus crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria, officials say #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: Seven people escaped from the bus and were taken to hospital with burns. ……………..Speaking at the accident site, Bulgarian Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov said the victims had been badly burned, describing it as a “terrifying scene”.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC News Report: The incident happened on a motorway south-west of the capital Sofia at about 02:00 local time (00:00 GMT) ……..The bus was registered in North Macedonia and was mainly carrying tourists, who were returning from a trip to Istanbul in Turkey.

A view shows the site where a bus with North Macedonian plates caught fire on a highway
The cause of the accident is under investigation

The cause of the disaster was not immediately clear. Bulgarian officials say the bus swerved off the motorway and tore away a 50m (164ft) section of the crash barrier, but it was unclear if that was before or after it caught fire.

Pictures of the aftermath showed a section of the road where the barrier had been shorn off. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

The mayor of the nearby village of Pernik told local media that the motorway was in poor condition on that section and there were often accidents in the area.

Macedonian Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani told reporters the coach party had been returning to the capital Skopje from a weekend holiday trip to the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Bulgarian media reports say the vehicle, which had been travelling as part of a convoy of buses, had stopped off at a petrol station near Sofia about an hour before the accident.

Part of the motorway barrier was destroyed in the crash

The victims have not yet been officially named, but officials said they included children, and young people aged between 20 and 30.

Macedonian TV channel Alsat released a list of names it said were passengers on the bus. Comments by Albania’s foreign minister indicate that most, if not all, the passengers were ethnic-Albanians from North Macedonia.

Earlier, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said he spoke to one of the survivors, who told him that passengers were sleeping when the sound of an explosion woke them.

“He and the other six survivors broke the windows of the bus and managed to escape and save themselves,” Mr Zaev told Bulgarian media.

He said the bus belonged to Besa Trans, a travel company that organises trips in Europe. 

Within hours of the disaster, relatives of people who travelled to Turkey with Besa Trans last week gathered outside the firm’s office in Skopje, anxiously looking for information.

Bulgaria’s interim Prime Minister Stefan Yanev described the incident as “an enormous tragedy”. 

“Let’s hope we learn lessons from this tragic incident and we can prevent such incidents in the future,” he told reporters as he visited the site of the crash. 

The area around the site of Tuesday’s incident on the Struma motorway has now been sealed off. Footage from the scene shows the charred vehicle, gutted by the fire.

Investigative service chief Borislav Sarafov said “human error by the driver or a technical malfunction are the two initial versions for the accident”.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.23: 2021:

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BULGARIA: ‘ Parliamentary Elections at 11,434 Polling Stations – Early Exit Poll Shows GERB Party Taking the Lead ‘

#AceNewsServices – BULGARIA (Sofia) – October 05 – Bulgaria is hosting an early parliamentary election, with 11,434 polling stations opening across the country early on Sunday.

' Bulgarias October-5-Parliamentary-Elections-GERB 33.6% exit-poll '

‘ Bulgarias October-5-Parliamentary-Elections-GERB 33.6% exit-poll ‘

The 18 political parties and seven coalitions are included in the ballots.

According to pre-election polls, GERB Centre-right political party, Bulgarian Socialist Party and Movement for Rights and Freedoms are almost sure to bag spots in the Bulgaria’s 43rd National Assembly.

An early vote was called in August after the resignation of the government of Plamen Oresharski and dissolving of the 42nd National Assembly. Early indications from exit polls show GERB Party has the lead with 33.2% followed closely by Bulgarians Socialist Party with 16.5% with others others following up the rear.       


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BULGARIA: ‘ Blasts at Explosives Plant Kills Fifteen People ‘

#AceWorldNews – BULGARIA (Sofia) – October 02 – Bulgaria officials have confirmed that a series of powerful blasts on Wednesday at an explosives plant killed fifteen people and injured three others.

Red Cross staff were consoling weeping relatives on the scene, a Reuters photographer said.

Red Cross staff were consoling weeping relatives on the scene, a Reuters photographer said.

The government has announced a day of national mourning for the victims of the accident.

It happened near the village of Gorni Lom, some 120km north of the capital, Sofia.

Red Cross staff were consoling weeping relatives on the scene, a Reuters photographer said.

Red Cross staff were consoling weeping relatives on the scene, a Reuters photographer said.

Red Cross staff were consoling weeping relatives on the scene, a Reuters photographer said.

Workers had been dismantling old military mines at the factory, which employed 150 people, but the exact cause of the blasts was unclear.

' Workers loading boxes of Explosives '

‘ Workers loading boxes of Explosives ‘

A thorough investigation would have to wait until investigators can enter the site 24 hours after the last explosion, for safety reasons, officials said.

“The tragedy is enormous, everything is destroyed, including the bomb shelter for the staff at the plant,” Interior Minister Yordan Bakalov said after viewing pictures of the site.


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` Police Alerted to `Suspected Bomb ‘ in ` Sofia District Court ‘ it was Found and Defused ‘ without Casualties ‘

#AceBreakingNews – SOFIA – April 15 – Police were alerted about a bomb attack (vesti) had reported and that the bomb was placed near the Palace of Justice.

The report was received about 14.45 am using an emergency number, it was from an anonymous male voice.

A Man reported that an explosive device was in fact placed at the Sofia City Court close to the Palace of Justice.

Two days ago another device was found and an explosive device had also been planted in the Sofia District Court, but nothing was found.

This time 400 grams of TNT without a detonator were found and Police defused the bomb. Though according to experts it is not about a real attack, but rather to intimidate someone.

The threats maybe linked to an investigation in to the family of Avtotargovetsa who had been threatened by a former partner – Hristo Ivanov.

He was called and confirmed that Merdzhanov had a financial situation for about 150 thousand Levs but categorically denied having anything to do with the bomb.



` Bulgarian Policeman is Killed and Three Officers Wounded in Shoot-Out with Armed Man at School over Noise ‘

#AceWorldNews A Bulgarian policeman was killed and three officers wounded in a shoot-out with an armed man at a school in the central town of Lyaskovets, police said Friday.

The man who had threatened the pupils and the headmaster was identified as 52-year-old Petko Petkov, Reuters said.

He reportedly opened fire on police officers before barricading himself into his apartment opposite the school.

The man was wounded within the course of the operation in Lyaskovets, a town some 220 kilometres east of Sofia.

The shoot-out began after officers arrived at Petkov’s apartment to question him about letters he had sent to the school headmaster, complaining about the noise.


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