Terrorist attack on Israelis in Bulgaria

Thursday, July 19, 2012 |  Michael Selutin

Yesterday, a bomb detonated in a bus with Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. Seven people were killed; among them the driver. 35 people were injured; three of them still hover between life and death.

The victims of this attack arrived with a charter flight from Israel on Wednesday afternoon and were to be transported by bus to their hotels. One of the busses exploded. The Bulgarian police are now investigating the case with the support of foreign intelligence services. Initially, there were suspicions that the bomb was either hidden in the baggage of the passengers or that it had been placed in the bus beforehand. Latest findings, however, indicate that it was a suicide attacker. Security cameras recorded a man who had been spying on the surrounding area of the busses for more than one hour. The man was of Caucasian appearance with long hair and he wore a sports suit.

In the course of further investigations a US passport was found. The FBI could not match the data of the passport with any person. The Bulgarian authorities do not have any hints as to how the attacker might have entered the country.

Israel’s government is of the opinion that Iran is responsible for the terrorist attack. During the past few years, Iran has planned attacks against Jewish civilians repeatedly. It was only last week, that Israel Today reported on a foiled terrorist attack on Cyprus, which was also intended to hit a bus or airplane.

Safety measures for Israeli tourists were increased and investigations to detect the mastermind behind this terrorist attack are operated fervently. “This is an Iranian terrorist wave which is spreading throughout the entire world,“ said Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and he added: “Israel will react with force on this Iranian terror.“

An airplane from Israel with doctors on board is now on its way to Burgas in Bulgaria, in order to provide medical care for the injured persons and to guide them back home safely. First reports by survivors depict horrible scenes, stating that they had to jump over dead bodies to be able to escape from the burning bus.

This latest attack took place exactly 18 years after a terrorist attack in Buenos Aires. Back then, 85 people died.

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