A lanky, long-haired man wearing a baseball cap and shorts with a fake US driver’s licence carried out a deadly suicide attack on a bus full of Israeli holidaymakers, Bulgarian officials say. Israel stuck by its claim that the attack was carried out by Iranian-backed Hezbollah, a Lebanese guerrilla group, and threatened retaliation.
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Seven people – five Israelis, the Bulgarian driver and the bomber – died in yesterday’s blast. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. But Israel has attributed a series of attacks on its citizens around the world in recent months to Iran, threatening to escalate a shadow war between the two arch-enemies.
The attack occurred shortly after the Israelis boarded a bus outside the airport in the Black Sea resort town of Burgas, a popular destination for Israeli tourists about 400 kilometres (250 miles) east of the capital, Sofia.
Bulgarian television aired security camera footage showing the suspected bomber wandering in and out of the terminal shortly before the blast.
He was dressed as a tourist himself, wearing a baseball cap, T-shirt, check shorts and trainers with short white socks. He carried a large backpack with wheels, as well as a smaller bag. Officials were using DNA samples to try to establish his identity.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov told reporters that a Michigan driver’s licence was retrieved, but he said US officials reported that “there was no such person in their database.” Michigan is home to one of the largest Arab communities in the United States.
The Israelis had just arrived on a charter flight from Tel Aviv carrying 154 people, including eight children. Some of them told Israeli television that they were just boarding the white bus in the airport car park for a ride to their hotel when the blast occurred.
Israel said a military plane carrying 33 Israelis injured in the bombing left Burgas for treatment in Israel. Israel blamed Iran and its Hezbollah proxies for the attack. “All signs point to Iran,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Iran’s state TV called Israel’s claims “ridiculous” and “sensational.”
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