Bulgaria stops Swiss citizen headed to Syria, accuses him of terrorism

Bulgarian Authorities have arrested a heavily armed Swiss national on the border with Turkey, who allegedly wanted to cross into Syria, the State Prosecutor’s Office said on Thursday.

The man was arrested on Tuesday at the Kapitan Andreevo crossing and charged with terrorism-related crimes the following day, it said.

In his Swiss-registered jeep, border police found three rifles, a handgun, some 400 rounds of ammunition, 24 knives and a map with a route to the embattled north-western Syrian province of Idlib.

The man said that he had wanted to assist civilians in the area.

Swiss authorities put out a warrant for him after his father alerted them that he disappeared with the car and weapons from their home.

The suspect is due to be brought to a judge on Friday.

(dpa/NAN)

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