Tensions are not dying down on the Polish-Belarusian border, with the discovery of a fake bomb only adding to the ongoing crisis. While patrolling the border region near the village of Nowy Dwór, Polish Border Guard officers found the device with cables and a “clock which had a repeating alarm sound.” According to a post from the Border Guard on social media, they claimed the fake bomb was another provocation from Belarusian intelligence services.
“Even more provocations from the side of Belarusian services. This morning near the border, a fake bomb was found with cables sticking out and a clock with a repeating alarm sound, which were designed to look like an explosive device. Thankfully, this time it was only a decoy.”
This is not the first incident on the border with Belarus in the last few weeks. The Border Guard previously published a video clip in which one could see a Belarusian officer throw an unidentified object at a Polish observational vehicle.
Polish government representatives have underlined that the actions committed by the Belarusian side on the border point to “active engagement of Belarusian security structure officers in organizing provocations and incidents which are directed at Polish soldiers and Border Guard officers.” According to the government, such actions constitute a form of psychological warfare meant to destabilize the border.
Since the start of August, Polish authorities have reported a sharp increase in illegal migration traffic on the Polish-Belarusian border. Since Sept. 2, a state of emergency has been introduced along the entire Belarusian border.