German Frontex officers shot at by Turkish soldier on Greece’s Evros border


A Turkish soldier has reportedly fired a warning shot and aimed at German Frontex officers soldiers patrolling Greece’s Evros border, German magazine Der Spiegel reports.

Der Spiegel writes that the incident took place on April 28 near the Greek town of Tychero, with the Turkish soldier targeting German officials and firing at least one shot.

The European border protection agency Frontex and the German Ministry of Interior both confirmed that no one was injured in the incident.

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The German border guard reportedly heard a shot from the Turkish side of the border and immediately took cover.

The German border guards observed a Turkish soldier aiming an automatic weapon at the Greek side of the border, where the men were patrolling.

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The Turkish soldier proceeded to then show his right middle finger and go back to his tent. A short time later, six more Turkish soldiers appeared and were once again aiming their weapons at the German and Greek border guards.

The Turkish government was unavailable for comment on Thursday, the German magazine notes.

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Frontex deployed 100 officers, among them 20 Germans, in Greece along the Evros border in March as a result of Turkey attempting to force thousands of migrants across the border.

A day after he incident, Greece’s deputy migration minister George Koumoutsakos had a teleconference with Frontex Director Fabrice Leggeri. The two men discussed the potential dispatch of additional reinforcements by Frontex to Greece.

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