Bulgaria says Hezbollah behind fatal bus bombing

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, February 5, 2013

From Tsvetelia Tsolova, Reuters:  Bulgaria said on Tuesday it had evidence showing that Lebanese militant movement Hezbollah carried out a bomb attack on a bus in the Black Sea city of Burgas that killed five Israeli tourists last year.

The conclusions of the Bulgarian investigation, citing a clear connection to an attack on European Union soil, might 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, a Shi’ite Islamist militia that is part of the Lebanese government and waged a brief 2006 war with Israel.

Iran has denied responsibility and accused arch-enemy Israel of plotting and carrying out the bus bombing last July.  (photo: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

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