Prosecution asks that radicalised youth from Plovdiv be remanded in custody13 June 2019 | 13:02 | FOCUS News Agency
"The threat to the security of many Bulgarian citizens is still present, the boy should be placed in an isolated special environment where psychologists and psychiatrists could work with him," said the spokesperson of the Appellate Prosecutor's Office, Siyka Mileva, bTV reported.
"We have found explosives unprecedented in our new history, dangerous even for Europe," Mileva added.
She said the police had been tipped not by boy’s parents but did not specify who the source was.
The 16-year-old boy was arrested after the investigators established his contacts with a radical Islamist group who recruited him to plan a terrorist attack. In his home police found explosives, bomb plans and an ISIS flag.
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Prof. Tatyana Dronzina: Radicalisation follows the classical path that each cult uses to recruit followers14 June 2019 | 10:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Radicalisation follows the classical path that each cult uses to recruit followers – breaking ties with the family and a sincere friendly environment, Prof. Tatyana Dronzina of the Society for the Study of Terrorism told Focus’ Radio Good Morning, Bulgaria in reference to the 16-old student accused of plotting a terrorist attack. She said children find it difficult to identify dangerous sites themselves. Prof Dronzina recommended that parents communicate with their children and know what sites they visit. "They must be sensitive to the signs of radicalisation. Typically, first is change in the appearance, isolation from the family, disconnecting from friends," she said. There are specialised organisations in Bulgaria dealing with the prevention of "bad" internet, which can help, she added. According to the specialist, the most important factor for the process is the presence of the radicalising entity who deliberately works towards recruitment.Open in new tab