Daughter of 'Cocaine Kingpin' kidnapped in Bulgaria

March 5, 2013 14:59

SOFIA - Three masked man abducted the 10-year-old daughter of a convicted Bulgarian gangland boss on Tuesday, police said, in a brazen attack underscoring the Balkan country's failure to tackle rampant organized crime.

The European Union's poorest member state has been repeatedly criticized by Brussels for doing too little to fight corruption and gangsterism. The failure to implement rule of law helped spark protests that toppled the government last month.Driving an SUV, the three men blocked a car taking the daughter of Evelin Banev to school, shot and wounded its driver and abducted the girl, police said in a statement. The driver was hospitalized but his life was not in danger, doctors said.

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