Pictured: Suicide bus bomber waited an hour for Israeli tourists to arrive
The suspected suicide bomber who killed himself and six others at Burgas airport waited an hour for his victims to arrive, Bulgarian authorities said last night.Video surveillance footage showed the casually dressed bomber circling around a group of buses about to take Israeli tourists to a nearby resort before the attack.
DNA is now being examined after the U.S. driving licence the bomber was carrying turned out to be fake.
Israel has now accused Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants of being behind the attack at Burgas airport on the country’s Black Sea coast. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said: ‘The attack in Bulgaria was perpetrated by Hezbollah, Iran’s leading terrorist proxy.’
No group has admitted responsibility for the attack so far, but Israel has said Iran is behind as series of attacks on its citizens in recent months.
Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told reporters the bomber had looked like anyone else – ‘a normal person with Bermuda shorts and a backpack’.
The bomber was said to be 36 years old and had been in the country for between four and seven days before the attack.
Special forces had managed to obtain DNA samples from the fingers of the bomber and were now checking databases in an attempt to identify him, Tsvetanov said.
The foreign ministry said seven people were killed in the attack, including the Bulgarian bus driver and the bomber. The Israeli foreign ministry confirmed that five Israelis were killed.
The tourists had arrived in Bulgaria on a charter flight from Israel and were on the bus in the airport car park when the blast tore through the vehicle. Body parts were strewn across the ground, mangled metal hung from the double-decker bus’s ripped roof and black smoke billowed over the airport.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the Tehran-backed Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah carried out the bombing.
‘The immediate executors are Hezbollah people, who of course have constant Iranian sponsorship,’ Barak told Israel Radio. The blast occurred on the 18th anniversary of a bomb attack at the headquarters of Argentina’s main Jewish organization that killed 85 people and the Argentine government blamed on Iran, which denied responsibility.
Mr Netanyahu said Iran, the Jewish state’s arch-enemy, was behind the attack and that ‘Israel will react powerfully against Iranian terror.’
Iran’s embassy in Bulgaria denied that Tehran was behind the attack.
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