A patrol of the Polish Border Guard on the border with Belarus was attacked on Thursday, the agency has revealed.
Migrants reportedly threw rocks and branches at the officers. While no border guards were injured, the vehicle they were traveling in was damaged.
Due to escalating attacks, measures have been taken to enhance the security of patrols and service vehicles. The Border Guard informed that, in response to the numerous attacks on Polish border protection services, several patrol vehicles are being armored and secured with specialized foil.
Officers recorded several illegal border crossings along the Polish-Belarusian border. Among the migrants were individuals from Afghanistan, India, Iran and Pakistan. Upon seeing Polish services, 25 foreigners retreated back to Belarus.
In the town of Bagniuki, officers stopped a Renault vehicle with Moldovan license plates for inspection. Two Moldovan citizens were in the vehicle. It was determined that the travelers were headed toward the national border to pick up a group of illegal migrants.
Since the beginning of the year, officers from the Podlaskie region Border Guard Division have detained 471 accomplices and organizers involved in the illegal crossing of the Polish-Belarusian border. Illegal migrants have come from over 50 countries.
A steel barrier, 5.5 meters high, was built in 2022 along the 186-kilometer border with Belarus. This barrier serves as the primary measure to secure the border against illegal migration. Complementing this is a system of cameras and sensors established over 206 kilometers, which is now fully operational by Polish border services.
The Border Guard is seeking a contractor for an electronic barrier on the Bug River along the border with Belarus. Security measures are planned for a length of 172 kilometers, including the installation of approximately 4,500 day-night and thermal imaging cameras, as well as 1,800 camera poles.