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Bulgaria says Hezbollah behind fatal bus bombing
Published Tuesday 05/02/2013 (updated) 07/02/2013 11:07
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A bus, that was damaged in a bomb blast on July 18, 2012 is seen outside
Burgas Airport in Bulgaria. (Reuters/Interior Ministry, HO)

SOFIA, Bulgaria (Reuters) -- Bulgaria accused the Lebanese movement Hezbollah on Tuesday of carrying out a bomb attack on a bus in the Black Sea city of Burgas that killed five Israeli tourists last July.

The conclusions of the Bulgarian investigation, citing a clear connection to an attack on European Union soil, may open the way for the EU to join the United States in branding the Iranian-backed Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

Three people were involved in the attack, two of whom had genuine passports from Australia and Canada, Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told reporters after Sofia's national security council discussed the investigation.

"There is data showing the financing and connection between Hezbollah and the two suspects," Tsvetanov said.

"What can be established as a well-grounded assumption is that the two persons whose real identity has been determined belonged to the military wing of Hezbollah."

Israel blamed the attack in Burgas -- which killed five Israeli tourists, their Bulgarian driver and the bomber -- on Iran and Hezbollah.

Iran has denied responsibility and accused arch-enemy Israel of plotting and carrying out the blast. Hezbollah, designated by the United States as a terrorist organization in the 1990s, has not publicly responded to charges that it played a role.

The Netherlands considers Hezbollah a terrorist group and said in August that the EU should also do so, which would mean Brussels could act to freeze Hezbollah assets in Europe.

Britain reserves the designation for Hezbollah's armed wing but other EU member states, which have blacklisted Hamas, have resisted US and Israeli pressure to do the same to Hezbollah.

Bulgaria, a member of the EU and NATO, has repeatedly said the bombing was plotted elsewhere and carried out by foreigners. Even so, that attack stoked tension in a country where Muslims make up some 15 percent of the 7.3 million population.

All three people involved in the attack had fake US driving licenses that were printed in Lebanon, Tsvetanov said. The two suspects with Canadian and Australian passports had been living in Lebanon, one since 2006 and the other since 2010.

No one has been arrested in connection with the attack and Tsvetanov said he hoped Australia, Canada and Lebanon would cooperate with the continuing investigation.
1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
05/02/2013 18:15
We note that the first modern organization to attack and kill innocent Jewish civilians around the world was the PLO, who set the racist and anti-human standard that Jews could be attacked anywhere just because they are Jews. I am waiting for Palestine to join the ICC so that PLO and Hamas leaders can be brought to justice for their crimes against humanity. I believe that throwing them all in jail will allow a new generation of Palestinian leaders who embrace democracy and human rights to rise.

2 ) Arnold / Canada
05/02/2013 18:26
Both Hezbollah and Hamas continually boast about getting back at Israel. But I presume that doing so on foreign soil is a no no. Too bad the head and the mind of Hezbollah do not work in sync because this is a problem for them now.

3 ) Filthy liars. Everyone knows / it was MOSSAD
05/02/2013 18:38

4 ) ABE / USA
05/02/2013 19:23
How brave. Hezbollah like all other terrorist organizations are cowards!

5 ) Carlos / USA
05/02/2013 20:11
The Bulgarians are being paid by israel to lie or the israelis blew up the bus for political purposes. I think this may be a false flag operation where israel kills its own citizens to discredit Hezbollah. Why not israel attempted a false flag operation against Egypt in the 1950s. It is well known and on wikipedia. israel figures they died for their country they should be happy. The other reason is Hezbollah has ripped victory from the Jaws of israel many many times.

6 ) Tony B? / ME
05/02/2013 22:22
Its time to stop talking and take action. This was an attack on a NATO member country that murdered one of its nationals as well as innocent Israeli tourists. If that is not reason for NATO to take military action against Hezbollah, I don't know what is. The UN has done nothing to enforce res:1701. If anything they have allowed these terrorists to get stronger. Hezbollah is fighting in support of Assad as Iranian proxies. They must not be allowed to get away with any of this. IT'S TIME TO ACT.

7 ) USA / "ISRAEL"
06/02/2013 01:26

8 ) Mel / USA
06/02/2013 16:23
Bulgarian Bull! When I heard this on the news,I had to laugh!How very convenient that Bulgaria(Israel's lap-dog)should blame Hezbollah,right at a time when NATO,Qatar,Saudi,Israel,want to INVADE Lebanon/Syria again,to recoup some military"purity",accelerate regime changes in both states to US-Zionist friendly ones&set Sunni against Shia. Bulgaria will recite any script for a stash of cash & Israel(1st regional terrorist)just got its annual,interest-free,US(undeserved)grant of 3-5 BILLION bucks!

9 ) BDS / Canada
06/02/2013 20:08
Clear case of the pot calling the kettle black. So when will Bulgaria declare which is the real global terrorist?

10 ) rashid / algiers
06/02/2013 22:41
seems a few people think bulgaria have been instructed to say what isreal/usa had told them to... great timing--again.seems more probably an alqaida-wannabee used by either march 14th factions,ksa or element of turk military were behind the attack..

11 ) Outlier / USA
06/02/2013 23:23
To 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 ...You can't teach stupid!

12 ) Robert / US
07/02/2013 02:25
Oh Brian,Brian,Brian... You have a distorted view of events and fabricate alot.have you heard of the SS Patria ?. It was when zionist fired on a ship and kill 200 Jews. Lets look at Chaim Sheba,radiated the heads of Jewish children.. 100,000 Ringworm children). I dont believe a word you post here

13 ) Robert / US
07/02/2013 04:59
# 5 you may be correct zionist have killed other Jews in the past, SS Patria and there are others.
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