Two police officers were killed when a bus carrying dozens of illegal migrants from Syria slammed into their patrol car in Bulgaria this week, according to reports.
The incident unfolded at around 5 a.m. on Thursday in Burgas, a city on the Black Sea.
A coach bus with Turkish plates charged through multiple police checkpoints, sparking a pursuit that ended in a residential neighborhood, according to the Associated Press.
“A patrol then chased it and blocked its way," senior ministry official Stanimir Stanev explained.
Instead of stopping, the driver rammed into the police car at high speed, killing two officers inside.
Prosecutor Georgi Chinev called the crash a "conscious, purposeful act” by the driver.
Surveillance footage of the collision was posted on social media.
At least 48 Syrian nationals were found onboard, including the driver, Novinite reports.
The driver was determined to have asylum status while the other 47 were in the country illegally.
Photos and videos taken at the crash site show extensive damage to both vehicles.
A crowd of passengers can be seen being led to another bus.
"I personally cannot explain how such large groups of migrants are allowed to reach the interior of the country with such a saturation of personnel along the border," said Acting Minister of Internal Affairs Ivan Demerdzhiev.
"As you can see, they have reached the center of Burgas here. I personally will not tolerate such a situation."
Five people have been arrested in relation to the case and an investigation is ongoing.
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