After Riot, Bulgaria to Send Migrants to Closed Camps, Plans Extraditions

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(REUTERS) – Bulgaria will move migrants who clashed with police at a refugee camp to closed camps and hopes to start extraditing some to their native Afghanistan next month, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on Friday.

More than 400 asylum seekers, angered at being confined at the camp in the southern town of Harmanli near the border with Turkey over a health scare, were arrested after clashes with riot police late on Thursday.

Police used water cannon and rubber bullets to quell the riot, in which the interior ministry said 24 officers were hurt. Three migrants sought medical help after the riot, it added.

Prosecutors said they had charged 18 migrants over the riot and launched an investigation against unidentified police officers for injuring two migrants during the clashes.

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