Van outside Bulgarian airport being searched for possible explosive device

DEVELOPING: Bulgarian authorities were searching Tuesday for a possible explosive device in a van parked outside an airport in the country’s capital.

"No explosive device has so far been found, the check is still underway," Sofia airport's chief executive Hristo Shterianov told reporters, adding that a prior statement from an airport spokeswoman – who said a device has been found – is incorrect.

TV footage of the scene showed a police bomb disposal squad inspecting the van while counter-terrorism officers, border guards, firefighters and medical teams looked on, Reuters reports.

Bulgarian authorities evacuated part of one of the airport’s terminals and said it would be closed until midnight as the search continues.

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