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Bulgaria awards officers for British hostage rescue operation

Date: 25.12.2005

A total of 19 employees from Bulgaria's special police department for organized crime fight were awarded for their high professionalism shown in the rescue operation of the British citizen held captive near Sofia.

Bulgaria's Interior Minister Rumen Petkov will present 18 officers with financial awards and another one will be promoted in rank. They will receive their awards at the Policeman of the Year ceremony that will take place next week.

The policemen were awarded for their work for the rescue of Christou Fanos, a British citizen of Greek Cypriot origin. He was held captive by three abductors near Sofia and was saved Tuesday night during a special police operation. The kidnappers demanded ransom of GBP 44,000 for the release of Briton.

During the operation police killed one of the Bulgarian kidnappers after he opened fire. The other two were arrested.

Sofia News Agency

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