Another warning shot fired near Latvia-Belarus border

For the second time in the last two weeks, border guards have had to use a firearm to stop border offenders at the border of Latvia-Belarus, the State Border Guard said on August 22.

During border surveillance, border guards in Silene parish identified signs of illegally crossing the State border. Service dogs were attached to the search for offenders.

Four Congolese and one Senegal citizen have been detained in the village of Silene. The men disobeyed the demands of the border guards and fled.

Border guards had to use a service firearm for their detention and make a warning shot in the air. Border offenders returned to Belarus.

Previously, the State Border Guard acknowledged that the situation on the border of Latvia-Belarus cannot be called peaceful and is currently being monitored under an enhanced regime. "In some cases, non-compliance of individuals has been observed, resulting in the use of special means or even a firearm in some cases. Fortunately for the time being, only with a warning shot in the air, but in these cases, intensity increases," said Raimonds Kublickis, deputy head of the Daugavpils Border Guard.

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