Iran Fingered in Bulgarian Tourist Bombing
Thu, July 19, 2012
Israel pointed its finger at Iran for Wednesday’s deadly suicide bus bombing in Bulgaria that killed at least five Israeli tourists, their Bulgarian bus driver and the bomber himself. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, “All the signs lead to Iran. Only in the past few months we have seen Iranian attempts to attack Israelis in Thailand, India, Georgia, Kenya, Cyprus and other places."
Netanyahu also vowed, "Israel will react powerfully against Iranian terror." He called Iran the “greatest exporter of terrorism in the world.”
Netanyahu was referring to the onslaught of Iranian/Hezbollah operatives that have targeted Israelis in the last year in six different locations.
In January, an attempted but failed attack was made on Israelis in Azerbaijan; in February, the wife of an Israeli diplomat was injured in a car bomb in New Delhi, India; also in February, another bombing was prevented in Thailand as well as another in Georgia; at the beginning of July, Kenyan arrested Iranian operatives with explosives who they said were planning an attack on Israelis; and just last week, Hezbollah operative planning an attack on Israeli tourists in Cyprus was arrested.
Wednesday’s attack took place in Bourgas, a popular Israeli tourist spot located near Turkey on Black Sea. The date of the attack marked the 18th anniversary a deadly bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eighty-five people were killed in that attack that, after years of investigation, was traced to Iran by Argentinian investigator Alberto Nisman.
A check by the F.B.I. showed that the suicide bomber was carrying a fake U.S. passport as well as a fake driver’s license of a person that doesn’t exist. The attack was carried out at the Bourgas airport shortly after the tourists had boarded their bus at the airport.