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Bulgaria: Police Crack Down On Organized Crime

Sofia, 2 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - Bulgarian police today cracked down on organized crime in Black Sea resorts around the southern port city of Bourgas.

Our correspondednt says the police operation, in which special task forces took part, was aimed against private insurance companies, widely believed to be involved in racketeering, blackmail and other criminal activities.

Reports out of Bourgas said a number of people were arrested and large quantities of weapons were confiscated in today's police action.

Interior Minister Bogomil Bonev told reporters that some "interesting facts" about organized crime in Bulgaria are expected to be revealed as a result. He did not offer clarification.

Bulgaria's new government, formed after the Socialists lost power in April parliamentary elections, has made the fight against organized crime one of its top priorities.