Bulgarian journalist's car blown up in Sofia

Bulgarian journalist's car blown up in Sofia

A bomb blast destroyed the car of Bulgarian television journalist Sasho Dikov at about 10pm on October 13 2011 outside his home in the Gotse Delchev residential neighbourhood of Sofia. No one was injured.Possible reasons for the blast, which also damaged windows in nearby building, were being investigated, the Interior Ministry said. Speaking to bTV on October 14, acting Interior Minister Vesselin Vuchkov said that there had been about a kilogram of explosive, placed next to the front left tyre of the car. Whether the purpose was to intimidate or whether there was some other intention was not known, Vuchkov said. "Whatever the motives, we strongly condemn such acts," Vuchkov said.

He could not rule out that there was a link between the bomb blast and Bulgaria's October 23 presidential and municipal electons, but said that no disruption would be allowed. Vuchkov said that finding the perpetrators of such well-organised criminal acts was difficult, but he had faith in the Interior Ministry's professionalism.Speaking to Bulgarian National Television on October 14, Dikov, who is programme director of private television channel Kanal 3, said that he saw no need for security for himself. He said that he had received no threats.Some news reports mentioned Dikov's critical views of Prime Minister Boiko Borissov's Government. Further, the car bomb blast coincides with a two-day visit to the Bulgarian capital city by high-ranking European Commission officials, among them EC President Jose Barroso, for a meeting of the European People's Party bureau./Source: The Sofia Echo/

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