The attack on a tour bus carrying Israeli vacationers outside the airport here was carried out by a suicide bomber carrying fake American identification, officials said on Thursday. There were conflicting reports on the number of dead. The Bulgarian interior minister said the toll was seven, including six Israelis. Officials in Israel said, however, that only five Israelis had been killed. The Bulgarian driver of the bus was also killed along with the bomber when the vehicle exploded in a fireball on Wednesday. Dozens more were injured in what Bulgaria, Israel and the United States called a terrorist attack. Israel quickly blamed Iran and promised a firm response.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Israeli officials blamed Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, and Iran.
Speaking to reporters at the airport at this Black Sea resort on Thursday morning, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said the bomber was carrying a fake Michigan driver’s license at the time of the blast. One of the six Israeli victims died overnight, along with the 36-year-old Bulgarian bus driver.
Mr. Tsvetanov described the bomber as a man with long hair wearing a backpack. The man looked like a tourist and blended in with the travelers from Israel, security footage showed. The bomber was a white male wearing glasses and the driver’s license was “more or less intact,” according to a Bulgarian official with knowledge of the investigation.
“He either had turned with his backpack toward the bus when he exploded it or pretended he was one of the group putting his backpack in the baggage compartment under the bus,” the official said. “Video footage clearly shows him in the airport earlier wandering back and forth, following the group, looking nervous.”MICHIGAN.
THAT'S WHERE DEARBORNISTAN IS.
WHICH MEANS MAYBE HIS ID WASN'T FAKE - OR HE HAD ACCOMPLICES HERE.
JUST SAYING.... THEY COULD STRIKE HERE... THE SAME WAY... SIGH...
AND - IN AN UNUSUAL MOVE, PEACENIK SHIMON PERES THE PRESIDENT OF ISRAEL - (AND THAT'S A CEREMONIAL JOB IN ISRAEL AND THEIR PRESIDENT USUALLY STAYS IN THE BACKGROUND) - HAS PROMISED ISRAEL WILL GET REVENGE GLOBALLY AGAINST MULTIPLE LOCATIONS.