Bulgarian soldier found dead by firearm in Camp Butmir (v2)

(B2) A Bulgarian soldier participating in the European Union stabilization operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUFOR Althea) died, a Bulgarian source learned on Friday (29 October)

Parades and medal presentations seem to be the main activity of Operation EUFOR Althea in Sarajevo (Photo: EUFOR Althea)

Death by weapon

It was 8:20 a.m. (Brussels time) when the soldier was found dead, " with a gunshot wound in Camp Butmir, the base of the operation in Sarajevo. The medical team who arrived on the spot could only confirm the death.

An ongoing investigation

The military police, warned, " took immediate action ". The body will be repatriated to Bulgaria by military plane, an official source in Sofia said. The cause of death was not specified. " An investigation is underway. “Three representatives of the prosecution went on site to Bosnia and Herzegovina, “ where they were able to learn about the situation and the facts said Defense Minister Georgi Panayotov on Monday (November 1), according to the Bulgarian press.

Zero communication on the EU side

The operation, which nevertheless loves to publish photos of all its events, even the most insignificant (awarding of medals, etc.), has made no communication on the subject.

An official visit on the same day

The incident occurred the same day that General Graziano, the chairman of the European Union military committee, visited Camp Butmir.

79th death on duty

This is the 79th death recorded in an EU peacekeeping mission since the creation of the common foreign and security policy according to the base memoriam of B2.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Corrected on the exact figure of the balance sheet – updated Monday (01.11)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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